Blockbuster down to 1 store in U.S. with closures in Alaska

The last Blockbuster in Bend Oregon

But it wasn't enough to counter a planned lease increase. The leases on the last two Blockbusters are up at the end of August.

"These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers", Blockbuster Alaska wrote in its Facebook message. Blockbuster then peaked in 2004 with an incredible 9,094 stores worldwide ... and then quickly plummeted to declare bankruptcy in 2010.

The video rental chain in 2000 notoriously made one of the worst business decisions of all time when it rejected a young company called Netflix whose CEO Reed Hastings offered to partner with the chain and run its online operations - Hastings was "laughed out of the room" as one report put it. Alongside Blockbuster, there are also other independent video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Pledging to donate the items to a worthy cause, Oliver zeroed in on two of the last remaining Blockbusters, located in Alaska, promising that if one of them contacted the show, they could display the memorabilia in their store. "All day long, I joke that I need to put a picture of somebody in the window to photobomb them".

She credited the store's "amazing, loyal customers" for the store's longevity.

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In April, John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, sent the DeBarr, Anchorage store a significant amount of Russell Crowe memorabilia purchased from the actor's divorce auction, including the jockstrap from the 2005 boxing film Cinderella Man, in a last-ditch bid to keep the store open.

"It's going to be insane", Daymude said of the temporary reopening. In May, John Oliver and HBO even donated a freakish assortment of Russell Crowe paraphernalia to one of the Anchorage stores that announced plans to close on Thursday. "I want to talk to Kevin (Daymude) personally because we can't have this happen'". "I'm not sure what we're going to do with it". Its general manager, Sandi Harding, says they have no plans to close down anytime soon.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", Daymude said in a heartfelt message on Facebook. "It just seems a little insane".

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