After closing for a few days to regroup, the store reopened with curbside service, which it had never offered before. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. ... Alaska, closed last July. 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. In the last few years, Alaska and Australia lost their final Blockbusters. Despite the store's near-legendary survival instincts and two decades of outwitting, outplaying, and outlasting both its contemporaries and its own parent company, it did briefly consider that it might not make it through a goddamn pandemic too. After the Blockbuster stores in Alaska locked their doors, and the one in Perth, Australia collected its last late fee and turned its lights off, the 20-year-old Bend, Oregon location became the only Blockbuster left on the planet. Here's what it was like to visit the last frontier of the video-rental chain before it went extinct. ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska’s last two Blockbuster video stores are calling it quits, leaving just one store open in the U.S. They probably could've found the movie they're looking for [on a streaming service], but they don't have to: they can come here, and we've got it.". “We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years.”, 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. Alaska Blockbuster Store Manager on John Oliver's Stunt: "It Could Be Very Big for Business" ... Kevin Daymude is the general manager of the one of the last remaining Blockbuster … "Unfortunately, after I got five or six people in here, everybody would be converging in the same area, everybody wanted to see the John Oliver stuff, or everybody wanted to go to the new release section," she said. ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska's last two Blockbuster video stores are calling it quits, leaving just one store open in the U.S. Everything is 10 years behind in Alaska—including the way people see movies. The Bend outpost became the last remaining Blockbuster in 2019, after stores closed in Perth, Australia, and Alaska. Alaska's last two Blockbuster stores -- one in Anchorage and another in Fairbanks -- announced they would officially close on Sunday. It attracts visitors from all over the country, not to mention the world, and a significant portion of their revenue comes from Blockbuster-branded merchandise. The store hasn't just outlasted its contemporaries, survived the threats of streaming services and an ongoing international pandemic, it's also recently stretched its lifespan past that of its local DVD distributor. "I wasn't able to keep people apart, and I thought 'Well, this isn't going to work.'". The two Alaska closures will leave the Blockbuster in Bend, Ore., as the last store standing. "You're in a tight spot, because part of you is looking at the economics of it and thinking 'I have to have customers coming and spending money, or my business isn't going to be viable, but at the same time, I'm like the Blockbuster Mom," she said. “Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years,” Daymude and Vey wrote on Facebook. Read about Alaska's Blockbusters by John Oliver and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it’s just to say 'Hello.' (The store also successfully applied for and received a Paycheck Protection Loan). “These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers. The Associated Press contributed to this report. It was a sad end to a mighty entertainment empire. Alaska is closing the last of its Blockbuster stores. Manager Sandi Harding says the store is a tourist attraction and won't close anytime soon. (Associated Press). ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. "At first, I think I was more nervous about people getting sick, or if even one person gets sick. The Bend store is the last remaining Blockbuster in operation in the United States after two stores in Alaska closed earlier this week. And in the early days of this crisis, when most of us were still trying to understand what a stay-at-home order meant, Harding was still trying to take care of her DVD-rental regulars. 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