Last Alaska Blockbusters set to close, leaving 1 store in US

A man walks past a Blockbuster Video store

She said she has been working at Blockbuster for 14 years and seen her share of heartache as stores closed.

"We will miss all of you!"

Alaska had always been - I always thought they'd outlast us.

The last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska are closing, according to a post on the company's Facebook page.

By April 2017, 10 stores existed across the entire US.

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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Some credit its persistence to the state's long, frigid winters or the expensive internet prices that leave residents looking for other options. "It's hard to say goodbye".

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

"It just breaks your heart, you know?" 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. The one in Texas closed shop previous year. And since then, its store count has continued to slowly dwindle. A Blockbuster By Mail service wasn't enough to keep them afloat. Alamo Drafthouse is planning on opening a video rental store in Raleigh, North Carolina that will focus on movies that aren't readily available via streaming services and digital outlets. People would flock to the shop on Friday nights, hoping to get the last copy of their favorite film or the latest release before it got snagged by someone else.

At the peak of its popularity in 2004, Blockbuster boasted around 84,300 employees around the world.

Border Entertainment used to own Blockbuster stores in Texas, too, but those have also closed.

After that, things kept going downhill. Their numbers eventually fell, from 13 in 2013 down to the current two, which are in Anchorage and Fairbanks. A day after they "close", they will be temporarily re-opened through August in an attempt to sell off all remaining inventory.

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