Guess what? There's only one Blockbuster store left now



The last two remaining Blockbuster stores in Alaska are slated to close next week, leaving just one location of the once-iconic video rental store left in the U.S.

"These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers", said a post co-signed by Kelli Vey, District Manager, and Kevin Daymude, General Manager.

According to Deadline, the stores officially close on Monday, but will sell off their remaining inventory from Tuesday until the end of August.

The Anchorage store recently acquired actor Russel Crowe's jockstrap that he wore during the 2005 movie "Cinderella Man", as well as other memorabilia, including a vest Crowe wore in 2012's "Les Miserables", a robe and boxing shorts also from "Cinderella Man", a hood from 2010's "Robin Hood" and both Crowe and Denzel Washington's set chairs from 2007's Oscar-nominated "American Gangster".

Daymude says the buzz from the Oliver connection brought more people to the store. But to the best of her knowledge, after the Alaska stores close, her location will be the only one left in America.

The Oregon store manager told the AP that her location becoming the last in the USA could possibly boost sales, adding that her business was not in danger of closing. With the closure of the Alaska location, only a single store will remain in the U.S. I'll even cover your late fees if you come with me.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", Daymude and Vey wrote on Facebook.

"We will miss all of you!" 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!" "I can't tell you how much it means to us". As a result of the closures, only one blockbuster in the United States still exists.

Daymude said the items will be returned to the owner of the stores.

The past few years, however, have seen most - and now all - of the remaining Alaska Blockbusters issue their last late fee.

But their survival lasted longer in Alaska, with some crediting expensive internet as a factor in keeping many people renting videos rather than streaming.

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