The End of an Era: Blockbuster Ceases Rentals in Advance of Closing

The video store will reopen Nov. 14 for a liquidation sale

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Following the announcement that Blockbuster is planning to shutter the 300 remaining brick-and-mortar video stores by January, the chain will cease movie rentals as of Saturday.

The Texas-based video rental chain began tweeting about its last day of operation on Friday, adding that it will reopen Nov. 14 to liquidate its remaining inventory.

Founded in 1985, Blockbuster had 9,000 stores at its height of operation. Parent company Dish Network, which bought the company in 2011, attributed its decline to increased digital streaming, and plans to shutter the remaining stores by New Year’s Day.

[Variety]

5 comments
annjoy.viewster
annjoy.viewster

Good news!  Liquidation sales are great. That will probably be one outstanding moment when people get their stuff for a reasonable price and with no risk of late fees.

mikejara1956
mikejara1956

I remember when blockbuster snd Hollywood video put all the independents out of business. Pay backs a bitch. I do feel sorry for the employees though.

robertd903
robertd903

When I think about the time I took my daughter to blockbluster to rent a game, and the extremely hard time the clerk gave her--I swore i would NEVER have anything else to do with this place!!!!  I'll never forget the crushed look on her face!!!  Good riddance!!!

Canniman
Canniman

@robertd903   "I'll never forget the crushed look on her face!!!


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