The news means that only one Blockbuster store will remain in the United States, in Bend, Oregon. At that time, Border chose to stop renewing any Blockbuster store leases, resulting in a series of closures across the state over the past nine months. While all Blockbuster corporate stores have been closed in the US for some time, a third party licensed the name from Dish and had been operating Blockbuster stores in recent years. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna stores closed this year, as did another Anchorage location near the intersection of Old Seward Highway and Huffman Road.
The final Blockbuster video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks are closing their rental business on Monday, July 16, but will reopen on Tuesday through the end of August to sell-off their inventory.
"It's tough to tell the customers, it really is", Kevin Daymude, general manager at the DeBarr, Anchorage, location, told the newspaper. "They are like family".
"It is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers". Plans of turning Blockbuster into a Netflix rival were scrapped by Dish chairman Charlie Ergen, and the number of locations continued their plummet-except, curiously enough, in Alaska.
In 2013, there were thirteen Blockbuster stores in Alaska, which fell to nine by 2016.
Sandi Harding, the Bend store's general manager, told CNN she was surprised her store was the last one open.
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. "This is not going to come back".
As for the wardrobe itself?
"The memorabilia is probably going to go back to the owner, which is fine, because I don't want a jockstrap in my house", Daymude said.