Not that its legacy was purely benevolent; when Blockbuster came to my town in New Jersey, it systematically put most of the local video stores out of business, and some of them were bigger and had better selections.
Though there will only be one store left in the United States, Engadget noted that a "handful of Australian stores and kiosks" are left in existence. That leaves a lone Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon as the last man standing in a video chain that, at its peak, had more than 9,000 stores, half outside the USA, and employed more than 84,000 people worldwide. There were many of these stores, but one of the most profitable and famous was Blockbuster Video.
Back in April, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featured the remaining Alaskan Blockbusters (at that time there were three).
As for the fate of that store, the future looks good. But the way people consumed their movies drastically changed in the 21st century. Streaming took hold, and people realized they could just beam movies right into their damn TVs instead of putting on some sweatpants and driving to an actual store. A Blockbuster video store is seen on November 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. All but one gone.
Alan Payne, owner of the Alaska stores through licensee Border Entertainment, explained that he and his team had determined sometime a year ago that renewing the remaining stores' leases did not make financial sense.
Kevin Daymude, Blockbuster Alaska general manager, said the final stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close Monday and reopen the following day to sell off remaining inventory through the end of August.
The statement says both Vey and Daymude have been with the company since 1991.
"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", Daymude said in a heartfelt message on Facebook.
"I tell you, we're going to get a lot of traffic, is what I'm expecting", Daymude told the Associated Press.
"We will miss all of you!" We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello".
So it seems like if you want to relive your greatest Blockbuster memories, you still have time.