In its report, the Anchorage Daily News confirmed with Border Entertainment, a Texas-based holding company that operated all of Alaska's Blockbuster stores, that closure plans had been in the works before the end of 2017.
I don't have much experience with Blockbuster, but I used to work at Hollywood Video, and while it did drive me nuts at times, it was for the most part fun to work at a movie store. They were long bolstered by nostalgia as well as remote communities with a lack of high-speed Internet access for streaming video.
Even after receiving some attention from Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and being gifted some movie memorabilia in the form of the jock strap worn by Russell Crow in 2005's Cinderella Man, the reality of the modern media landscape couldn't be held back from reaching Alaska forever.
The closings come after a number of other Blockbuster stores have shuttered in recent months.
The closures will leave the Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon, as the sole holdout. Blockbuster then peaked in 2004 with an incredible 9,094 stores worldwide ... and then quickly plummeted to declare bankruptcy in 2010. "The loyalty was huge, I mean they were like family and we'll miss them desperately".
"These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers", said a post co-signed by Kelli Vey, District Manager, and Kevin Daymude, General Manager.
In March, a store in North Pole, Alaska, closed down. The video rental outposts are located in Anchorage and Fairbanks. However, the unexpected boom of streaming services like Netflix dealt a blow to video stores that they could not recover from.
After that, things kept going downhill.
According to Deadline, the stores officially close on Monday, but will sell off their remaining inventory from Tuesday until the end of August. Blockbuster's model, which brought the big-box store mentality to home entertainment, is particularly hard to maintain in that environment.