There’s only 1 Blockbuster store left

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

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.

It temporarily worked, according to Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.

The closures come despite a campaign from HBO host John Oliver to increase business at the stores by donating a jockstrap worn by Russel Crowe in the 2005 film "Cinderella Man" as a tourist attraction.

Daymude says the buzz from the Oliver connection brought business to the store.

Alan Payne, owner of the Alaska stores through licensee Border Entertainment, explained that he and his team had determined sometime previous year that renewing the remaining stores' leases did not make financial sense.

By the end of 2018, there will be only one remaining Blockbuster Video location in the United States - in Bend, Oregon. With the closure of the Alaska location, only a single store will remain in the U.S.

"We have a great customer base", he said, "and it kills us to tell these customers that we're having to close down".

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", he wrote.

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"We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello", Blockbuster Alaska said in a Facebook post.

It's been a slow death for Blockbuster, the once-ubiquitous video rental store that faced its end at the hands of streaming services such as Netflix and rental kiosks like Redbox.

"We will miss all of you!" "Last two Blockbusters in Alaska are closing".

Back in April, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featured the remaining Alaskan Blockbusters (at that time there were three).

Blockbuster went bankrupt in 2010 and closed its last 300 stores in 2013. "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one".

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

At the peak of Blockbuster's popularity there were more than 9,000 locations dotting the US. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna locations closed earlier this year, along with a second Anchorage store.

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