In 2004, Blockbuster had more than 9,000 stores. Now, that number is down to 1.
‘Blockbuster video stores have been officially closing around the country’ sounds like 2003 headline. But in the intervening 15 years, a few have been hanging tough.
Now as two stores close in Alaska, just one store is left standing. That store resides in Bend, Oregon, giving customers one chance to step inside the iconic video rental store before it too closes down for good.
According to a Deadline report, the two stores in Alaska stayed open because they remained profitable. Those Alaska outlets, in Anchorage and Fairbanks, officially close down on Monday (July 16th), and the store leases run out in August.
The management of those stores noted that although the stores were bringing in a profit, it was also “rapidly declining.” That manager also felt renewing the leases wouldn’t make sense financially.
The Blockbuster chain once had 9,000 total stores in the United States at its peak. They were down to just nine stores as of 2016, and will now have just the one in Bend, Oregon as of July 16th.
Incidentally, it turns out that there are a smattering of Blockbuster franchises in Australia. But those numbers also appear to be dwindling.
The company once employed over 84,000 people worldwide during its peak. David Cook originally founded the chain back in 1985 in Dallas, Texas, and it grew to become a popular video and video game rental chain.