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Alaska’s Blockbuster video stores closing, leaving just one left

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The last Blockbuster in Bend Oregon

While the stores struggled to stay in business, the closures sparked media coverage and public despair. While all Blockbuster corporate stores have been closed in the USA for some time, a third party licensed the name from Dish and had been operating Blockbuster stores in recent years. Its fellow OR stores, in Redmond and Sandy, have closed in recent months. A Blockbuster video store is seen on November 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The management team behind the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska announced on Thursday that the Anchorage and Fairbanks locations would close on Monday.

To all of our valued customers, We regret to inform our customers that Blockbuster Video will be closing both the...

"I tell you, we're going to get a lot of traffic, is what I'm expecting", Daymude told the Associated Press.

She said loyal customers and tourists have helped to keep her store open.

"We will miss all of you!"

"Daily, we have people coming in and going, 'Oh my gosh. you're a Blockbuster". While this brought publicity and increased sales to the stores, it wasn't enough to offset the planned lease increase. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years", wrote District Manager Kelli Vey and General Manager Kevin Daymude in the Facebook post.

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. Alaskans, Oliver reported, still depend on Blockbuster since they have limited access to the kind of internet that can support the rest of the nation's streaming habits.

The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 and parent firm Dish Network started closing USA stores in 2013. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna locations closed earlier this year, along with a second Anchorage store.

Border Entertainment used to own Blockbuster stores in Texas, too, but those have also closed.

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