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Last two Blockbusters in Alaska are closing, even after Russell Crowe memorabilia

13 July 2018, 11:26 | Regina Holmes

Blockbuster Down to Final U.S. Location Getty Kevork Djansezian 13 Jul 2018

Blockbuster is down to one retail location in the United States

Blockbuster formally closed all company-owned stores by January 2014, leaving franchisees to fend for themselves.

The announcement, which came in a Thursday Facebook post, means there will be only one remaining location of the iconic franchise left in America: Bend, Oregon.

It's been suggested that Blockbuster stores have been preserved for longer in Alaska due to the state's costly internet - which drove many residents to continue renting videos instead of viewing content online.

The statement says both Vey and Daymude have been with the company since 1991. Its fellow OR stores, in Redmond and Sandy, have closed in recent months. As a result of the closures, only one blockbuster in the United States still exists.

Kevin Daymude, Blockbuster Alaska general manager, said the final stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close Monday and reopen the following day to sell off remaining inventory through the end of August. There's even a parody account on Twitter claiming to be "The Last Blockbuster", but until yesterday there were actually still three remaining.

"It's always kind of a kick in the trousers every time we close a store". A Facebook post near the end of June on the Blockbuster Alaska page read, "We see you out there taking selfies in front of our stores, show them to us!"

"One customer called up on the phone and said, 'This is a lie, this can't be happening!" "The memorabilia is probably going to go back to the owner", Daymude explained, "which is fine, because I don't want a jockstrap in my house". A Blockbuster video store is seen on November 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", Daymude said. "I'm not sure what we're going to do with it".

"How exciting", said the Bend store's general manager Sandi Harding.

Now, about a quarter of the customers at her store are tourists. "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one". "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is". "It just seems a little insane".

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