This is the end of a time when two other blockbusters will close, leaving only one isolated place in the United States. In the absence of potential partners, the species is doomed to extinction.
At the pinnacle of Blockbuster's popularity, there were more than 9,000 places dotting the United States. Now, there is only one. The conservation efforts of John Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," apparently failed.
Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and closed its last store in 2014, signaling the closure of all its activities. There's even a parody account on Twitter that claims to be " The Last Blockbuster ", but until yesterday, there were still three.
The owner of the last two sites still active in Alaska announces the next closures via Facebook:
To all our valued customers, we regret to inform our customers that Blockbuster Video will close both the …
And now it remains more than one in the United States. Here 's the twist: the final location is not in Alaska, as Oliver fans might suspect – that' s in Oregon. Manager Sandi Harding was surprised to hear about the closures of Alaska, she told Anchorage Daily News :
Alaska had always been – I always thought that they would survive us longer. If you had asked me 14 years ago, I would never have thought we would be last. It just seems a little crazy.
Most experts assumed that Blockbuster locations in Alaska would remain open due to low broadband coverage. But, it turns out that progress is inevitable. Despite the fact that both sites still benefit, owner Alan Payne says it makes no sense to renew store leases, which expire in August. He told Anchorage Daily News :
Every time we close a store, it's always a kick in the pants. But it has been going on for so long that the shock has dissipated, frankly. It will not come back. We can not do it without creating financial problems.
The harsh reality of modern business is that the world only has enough space for a Blockbuster video store, but do not worry: according to Harding, the location of Oregon do not intend to close anytime soon.