Blockbuster stores in Alaska to close

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On Thursday, Blockbuster Alaska announced that the last two stores in the state are closing up shop next week. On Tuesday, the DVDs and videos at the store will be up for grabs in a liquidation firesale.

"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". Now that the two locations in Alaska are retiring, that leaves only one store left.

The closures will leave the Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon, as the sole holdout.

Most pundits assumed Blockbuster locations in Alaska would remain open due to poor broadband coverage.

"I go out at 6-7 o'clock in the morning buying the new movies, getting what people want, trying to stay relevant and keep our customers happy", she told CNN.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", Daymude said in a heartfelt message on Facebook. "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is". "I can't tell you how much it means to us".

The video rental chain in 2000 notoriously made one of the worst business decisions of all time when it rejected a young company called Netflix whose CEO Reed Hastings offered to partner with the chain and run its online operations - Hastings was "laughed out of the room" as one report put it.

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

The past few years, however, have seen most - and now all - of the remaining Alaska Blockbusters issue their last late fee.

Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy way back in 2010. 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.

At its peak, Blockbuster operated over 9,000 stores, the New York Times reported in 2011.

Daymude said the items will be returned to the owner of the stores.

Texas and Alaska used to be popular locations for Blockbuster because of the poor quality of high-speed internet service and high prices.

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