There's Just One Blockbuster Video Left in the Entire Country

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The Associated Press reports that two Alaska locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for business on Sunday, then begin selling their remaining stock on Tuesday. These movies weren't streaming, or on disc. Three years after that, four of the 13 had closed.

"It is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers".

Unfortunately, the attempted publicity stunt didn't do the trick and the two Alaska Blockbusters are due to close next week, leaving just one Blockbuster in the entire U.S. The stores, located in Fairbanks and Anchorage, will officially close on Monday, July 16. 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.

Comedian John Oliver actually tried to save the struggling Alaska Blockbusters this past April in a amusing campaign that included Russell Crowe's jock strap. There, they built a shrine to the actor with such props as a hood from Robin Hood and a Vest from Les Miserables.

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Blockbuster gave in and declared bankruptcy in 2010, and its remaining 1,700 stores were bought by Dish Network in 2011.

Daymude says the buzz from the Oliver connection brought business to the store. Most of the USA stores closed shop soon after that. Its fellow OR stores, in Redmond and Sandy, have closed in recent months.

The news was announced to Alaskans on Blockbuster Alaska's Facebook page. 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. He added that his team had explained to people involved with Oliver's show that the stores would probably not be open much longer. But the stores in Alaska continued to flourish for the past eight years. And there's just not enough incentive to keep it going. The owners told Deadline that while the stores are still profitable, the money they're making is rapidly declining, and it wouldn't make financial sense to renew the leases.

As for the fate of that store, the future looks good.

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