And then there was 1: Nation's last Blockbuster is in Oregon

And then there was 1: Nation's last Blockbuster is in Oregon

With the shuttering of the two Alaska locations, that leaves one lone Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon, as the last holdout of the company's years-long demise. They will reopen at noon Tuesday for an inventory sales that will run through July and August. Pledging to donate the items to a worthy cause, Oliver zeroed in on two of the last remaining Blockbusters, located in Alaska, promising that if one of them contacted the show, they could display the memorabilia in their store. "The loyalty was huge, I mean they were like family and we'll miss them desperately".

While the stores struggled to stay in business, the closures sparked media coverage and public despair.

For years now in Alaska, announcements have cropped up every few months that another Blockbuster will shut its doors. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna locations closed earlier this year, along with a second Anchorage store.

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.

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Blockbuster has managed to keep locations open in Alaska longer than the rest of the country, thanks to the state's long winters and generally slow WiFi.

Now, the managers told the Anchorage Daily News the memorabilia will likely go back to its owner, and residents will have to find their movies another way. But Blockbuster faithfuls knew it could never replace the authenticity of a physical store.

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. After announcing it would close its final 300 retail stores, the company vowed to continue serving customers online through an On Demand app. At its peak, the video rental chain had more than 9,000 stores in operation at one time. "It just seems a little insane".

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

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