Alaska's final two Blockbuster video stores will rent out their last movies and close up shop at the end of the week, management announced Thursday - leaving the us with a single remaining location. According to The Oregonian, the stores' manager Kevin Daymude will not offer any rentals beyond Sunday night.
The harsh realities of modern business are that the world only has enough room in it for one Blockbuster Video store, but don't worry: according to Harding, the OR location has no plans to close down anytime soon.
The closures come despite a campaign from HBO host John Oliver to increase business at the stores by donating a jockstrap worn by Russel Crowe in the 2005 film "Cinderella Man" as a tourist attraction.
This week, there are three stores remaining, but by next week there will only be one store open for business - in Bend, Oregon.
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Most pundits assumed Blockbuster locations in Alaska would remain open due to poor broadband coverage.
"I tell you, we're going to get a lot of traffic, is what I'm expecting", Daymude told the Associated Press. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years", wrote District Manager Kelli Vey and General Manager Kevin Daymude in the Facebook post.
"We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello", Blockbuster Alaska said in a Facebook post.
After Blockbuster declared bankruptcy in 2011 and closed most of its corporate stores, Alaska had seemed to be the final frontier for the one-time video-rental giant. He also sent John Oliver movies featuring the memorabilia as a thank you. The company's North Pole location closed in March, leaving only five locations left at that time.
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For years now in Alaska, announcements have cropped up every few months that another Blockbuster will shut its doors. "I can't tell you how much it means to us".
But their survival lasted longer in Alaska, with some crediting expensive internet as a factor in keeping many people renting videos rather than streaming.
The statement says both Vey and Daymude have been with the company since 1991.
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