Blockbusters in Alaska set to close; 1 store left in US

The last Blockbuster in Bend Oregon

The last Blockbuster in Bend Oregon

Soon, there will only be one lonely Blockbuster Video left in America.

It's the end of an era as two more Blockbuster locations are set to close, leaving only one lonely location in the US. They will then reopen the next day through the end of August exclusively to sell off their remaining inventory.

To the Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon, godspeed. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years".

"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", he said.

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So it seems like if you want to relive your greatest Blockbuster memories, you still have time. She said she has been working at Blockbuster for 14 years and seen her share of heartache as stores closed.

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 Alaska General Manager Kevin Daymude moves a display case featuring the jockstrap worn by actor Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie "Cinderella Man" at a Blockbuster video store in Anchorage, Alaska. The brand was able to survive for a time thanks to prohibitively high prices for high-speed internet connections in the U.S.'s most remote state, but as connectivity has increased, even the value represented by Blockbuster was eventually rendered moot. In May, John Oliver and HBO even donated a freaky assortment of Russell Crowe paraphernalia to one of the Anchorage stores that announced plans to close on Thursday.

The two closures will affect The Last Frontier.

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Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

For those feeling nostalgic about the video store, there are still some independent, non-Blockbuster stores operating in both Fairbanks and Anchorage. THR spoke to manager Sandi Harding about the honor of being the lone store left in the entire country.

Though these two stores were allegedly still profitable, the owner said he chose to close them nine months ago, as renewing their leases wouldn't be financial viable.

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