Both stores will close their doors on Monday with plans to reopen for an inventory sale starting at noon Tuesday that will run through July and August, according to a statement on the Blockbuster official Facebook page.
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver wanted to help out, so in May, he sent the second Anchorage store some Russell Crow movie memorabilia, including a leather jockstrap he wore in the 2005 film "Cinderella Man".
Kevin Daymude, owner of the two Alaska stores, told the AP that the increased revenue was welcome, but that a planned lease increase on the two buildings was too much for his business to overcome.
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Alan Payne, owner of the Alaska stores through licensee Border Entertainment, explained that he and his team had determined sometime past year that renewing the remaining stores' leases did not make financial sense. That will leave the OR store as the last operating Blockbuster in the country.
Some have credited expensive internet as a factor in keeping the Alaska locations open longer than most stores. "The loyalty was huge, I mean they were like family and we'll miss them desperately". We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello". The company filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and was bought out by Dish Network in 2011. And while a handful of Blockbuster franchises remained open in recent years, there's now only one left. Alongside Blockbuster, there are also other independent video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks. A Blockbuster video store is seen on November 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", the post continued. Blockbuster stuck around as a brand name after the stores closed as a streaming service called Blockbuster on Demand, but that ceased operations in 2015.