America has Just one Blockbuster Left


(CNN) — If movie-streaming seems like Goliath, Blockbuster video store owners are an industry’s Davids still fighting to keep the brand alive.

This week, there are three stores remaining, but by next week there will only be one store open for business — in Bend, Oregon.

Alaska’s last two Blockbuster stores — one in Anchorage and another in Fairbanks — announced they would officially close on Sunday.

Sandi Harding, the Bend store’s general manager, told CNN she was surprised her store was the last one open.

“It’s pretty exciting that we are the last holdout,” she said.

A Bit of Nostalgia

Bend’s Blockbuster looks just like stores from years ago — yellow on the inside and employees sporting blue shirts. They even have floppy disks and old computer systems, Harding told CNN.

“It’s very nostalgic,” she said. “We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here — it’s fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is.”

The shelves are stacked with movies, ranging from titles as old as “Citizen Kane” to as new as “The Quiet Place,” which was released on Tuesday.

Every Tuesday morning Harding buys the newest titles to stock the store.

“I go out at 6-7 o’clock in the morning buying the new movies, getting what people want, trying to stay relevant and keep our customers happy,” she told CNN.

She said loyal customers and tourists have helped to keep her store open.

“Daily, we have people coming in and going, ‘Oh my gosh. you’re a Blockbuster. How are you still here?'” Harding said.

And, she added, they plan on sticking around.

“We all have licensing agreements and leases, but as of now we have no plans on closing,” she said.

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