There’s one Blockbuster left . . . and it’s the saddest place in America

The last Blockbuster in Bend Oregon

The last Blockbuster in Bend Oregon

During the last five years, locations that operated as licensed franchises were able to continue business under the Blockbuster name, which is how these three locations managed to stay around as long as they did.

Stores in the Denver area closed back in November 2013.

Alaska's last two Blockbuster video rental stores will close this week and liquidate remaining inventory, the stores' management announced Thursday.

"It's always kind of a kick in the trousers every time we close a store". The news of the closure has been devastating to regular customers, she said. "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is".

"We have a great customer base", he said, "and it kills us to tell these customers that we're having to close down".

We will miss all of you!

The owner of the Alaska stores said he determined nine months ago that renewing the remaining store leases wouldn't make financial sense.

HBO "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver made an effort to help drum up business at the Anchorage location in April by sending the store movie memorabilia to display, including a jockstrap worn by actor Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie "Cinderella Man". "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.

Alaska's Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna stores, along with another one in Anchorage, have all closed shop for good this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Blockbuster gave in and declared bankruptcy in 2010, and its remaining 1,700 stores were bought by Dish Network in 2011. Streaming took hold, and people realized they could just beam movies right into their damn TVs instead of putting on some sweatpants and driving to an actual store. And there's just not enough incentive to keep it going. According to The Oregonian, the stores' manager Kevin Daymude will not offer any rentals beyond Sunday night.

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