Both stores will close their doors on Monday with plans to reopen for an inventory sale starting at noon Tuesday that will run through July and August, according to a statement on the Blockbuster official Facebook page. While this brought publicity and increased sales to the stores, it wasn't enough to offset the planned lease increase.More news: Trump administration slashes more ObamaCare funds
The two Alaska closures will leave the Blockbuster in Bend, Ore., as the last store standing.
Blockbuster has managed to keep locations open in Alaska longer than the rest of the country, thanks to the state's long winters and generally slow WiFi.
"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", Daymude said. "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is". The last two Alaska store leases end in August. Not that its legacy was purely benevolent; when Blockbuster came to my town in New Jersey, it systematically put most of the local video stores out of business, and some of them were bigger and had better selections. "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one". We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello". The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna locations closed earlier this year, along with a second Anchorage store.More news: Greeks expel Russian diplomats in Athens 'spy' row
Blockbuster gave in and declared bankruptcy in 2010, and its remaining 1,700 stores were bought by Dish Network in 2011.
Daymude said the items will be returned to the owner of the stores. 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".
Texas and Alaska used to be popular locations for Blockbuster because of the poor quality of high-speed internet service and high prices.More news: WWE Looks At Brock Lesnar