Last Blockbuster stores stay open in Alaska

Despite Blockbuster Video going bankrupt in 2010 and seemingly closing its last 300 stores in 2013, nine of the remaining 12 stores are owned and operated in Alaska.

CBS News reports Alan Payne of Wasila decided to keep his doors open when others closed.

“For a lot of people, they haven’t seen a Blockbuster store in, maybe, five or six years,” said Payne.

As for arguments for keeping the stores open, Alaskans find that other services like Netflix could potentially cost the consumer more due to high internet prices, and the store also acts as a gathering place and outlet for human interaction.

“I feel like a lot of the customers just want to come in and feel like they’re someone special,” said the manager of Blockbuster Video in Anchorage Kevin Daymude. “They love the customer service, they love the interaction.”

Payne says the experience of coming to the store to stand in front of 10,000 titles versus looking for a movie on a screen draws “no comparison.”