Only one blockbuster video left in America

Blockbuster is down to one retail location in the United States

Their relative popularity is often attributed to the fact that Alaska's internet quality is too poor for many people to take advantage of streaming services like Netflix. The lone remaining store is in Bend, Oregon.

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

Blockbuster was the king of movie and video game rentals in 1990s. Apparently, that piece of publicity didn't help much as both Alaska locations are set to shut down on Monday, July 16. They will be selling off their inventory and anything in the store that isn't nailed down. It's located in Bend, Oregon. They employed roughly 84,000 individuals worldwide. Blockbuster founder Wayne Huizenga died in March.

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

Oliver bought the merchandise-which also included a robe, boxer shorts, the hood from Robin Hood and a vest from Les Miserables-in Crowe's "divorce auction". The stores will get rid of their videos in a liquidation sale that starts Tuesday.

Border Entertainment used to own Blockbuster stores in Texas, too, but those have also closed. Most of the US stores closed shop soon after that. Despite the fact both locations are still pulling a profit, owner Alan Payne says it no longer makes sense to renew either store's leases, which expire in August. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna stores closed this year, as did another Anchorage location near the intersection of Old Seward Highway and Huffman Road.

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While the stores struggled to stay in business, the closures sparked media coverage and public despair. Blockbuster's model, which brought the big-box store mentality to home entertainment, is particularly hard to maintain in that environment. Sales and rentals have rapidly been declining.

As for the fate of that store, the future looks good. Thursday's news follows a smattering of other recent Blockbuster closures across the state, which had 13 Blockbusters in 2013 and was down to nine stores by 2016. Or it could be gone as early as tomorrow.

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