Alaska’s last two Blockbusters are shutting down, leaving one in US

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The two remaining Blockbuster stores in Alaska are set to close, marking the end of an era in what has always been one of the video rental business's last strongholds.

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.

The stores were given some media attention a couple months ago by HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver which sent a jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie Cinderella Man to one of the stores.

However, even though the stunt brought a greater buzz around the shops, general manager Kevin Daymude said that it wasn't enough to combat a rent hike.

These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers.

The closures leave just one store standing in the US, in Bend, Oregon.

Blockbuster has managed to keep locations open in Alaska longer than the rest of the country, thanks to the state's long winters and generally slow WiFi.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years". We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years, "Blockbuster Alaska wrote on its Facebook page on Thursday". "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is".

Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy way back in 2010. There were many of these stores, but one of the most profitable and famous was Blockbuster Video. Its fellow OR stores, in Redmond and Sandy, have closed in recent months.

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

In March, a store in North Pole, Alaska, closed down. Franchise owner Alan Payne told CBS This Morning last year that many people hadn't seen a Blockbuster store in several years.

However, the unexpected boom of streaming services like Netflix dealt a blow to video stores that they could not recover from.

"It's tough to tell the customers, it really is", said Kevin Daymude, the general manager at the DeBarr location.

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