Blockbuster stores in Alaska to close

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But come this Monday, July 16, the store in Bend, Oregon, will be the only one left.

Two of Blockbuster's last three stores will close on Sunday. Stores will then reopen until August, but only for an inventory sale.

"These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers", the managers posted on Facebook.

Blockbuster Alaska District Manager Kelli Vey and General Manager Kevin Daymude took to Facebook to issue the following message regarding the Alaskan closures. "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one".

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

So it seems like if you want to relive your greatest Blockbuster memories, you still have time.

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For years now in Alaska, announcements have cropped up every few months that another Blockbuster will shut its doors.

Alaska's Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna stores, along with another one in Anchorage, have all closed shop for good this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The two remaining stores are located in Fairbanks on College Road and Anchorage on Debarr Road. They were long bolstered by nostalgia as well as remote communities with a lack of high-speed Internet access for streaming video.

The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 and parent firm Dish Network started closing USA stores in 2013.

The Blockbuster company filed for bankruptcy in 2010, and most of its stores shuttered soon after. Alaska had 15 stores in its heyday, some of which began closing in the early 2000's. While most states got rid of them years ago, Alaska was still holding onto the largest cluster of Blockbusters. He also sent John Oliver movies featuring the memorabilia as a thank you. Despite the fact both locations are still pulling a profit, owner Alan Payne says it no longer makes sense to renew either store's leases, which expire in August.

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