In the segment, Oliver offered movie memorabilia to the stores to help increase business. According to Deadline, at Blockbuster's peak it had "more than 9,000 stores, half outside the USA, and employed more than 84,000 people worldwide". Those days are gone. While most states got rid of them years ago, Alaska was still holding onto the largest cluster of Blockbusters.
Blockbuster Video, the former Goliath in the home-video rental industry, is officially closing two of its remaining three stores in existence. A Blockbuster video store is seen on November 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. "Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare the lone and level sands stretch far away".
Blockbuster might be on its last legs in the United States, but a handful of Australian stores and kiosks are keeping the brand alive. Two in Alaska, the other in Oregon. Which means the store in Bend, Oregon is the last Blockbuster standing.
The last locations are still making a profit, he said Thursday, but that profit has been declining at a rapid pace.
So, for you Alaskans who still rent physical movies, make sure to head on out to the Anchorage and Fairbanks Blockbusters before they close for good. Blockbuster then peaked in 2004 with an incredible 9,094 stores worldwide ... and then quickly plummeted to declare bankruptcy in 2010.
"We were very up front with them, and they said, 'That's OK, we want you to have it anyway, ' " he said.
The statement says both Vey and Daymude have been with the company since 1991. Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years. A Facebook post near the end of June on the Blockbuster Alaska page read, "We see you out there taking selfies in front of our stores, show them to us!"
"We have no plans on closing anytime soon", Harding said. What a great time to build your media library and share some Blockbuster memories with us.
"Daily, we have people coming in and going, 'Oh my gosh. you're a Blockbuster".