End of watch: Only one Blockbuster remains in the entire country

The last Blockbuster in Bend Oregon

Franchise owner Alan Payne told CBS This Morning last year that many people hadn't seen a Blockbuster store in several years. They were long bolstered by nostalgia as well as remote communities with a lack of high-speed Internet access for streaming video.

We imagine you're now wondering where the last Blockbuster in the United States is. While all Blockbuster corporate stores have been closed in the US for some time, a third party licensed the name from Dish and had been operating Blockbuster stores in recent years.

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

Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy way back in 2010.

But even with the extra business and excitement, the Alaska stores were unable to survive a planned lease hike. This leaves just one lonely Blockbuster Video in OR, which might as well be turned into a museum at this point. I can't tell you how much it means to us.

In an interview Thursday, Daymude said many customers had called or stopped by to say they'll miss their local Blockbuster.

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Blockbuster was the king of movie and video game rentals in 1990s. Streaming took hold, and people realized they could just beam movies right into their damn TVs instead of putting on some sweatpants and driving to an actual store. Then, Netflix moved from the physical world into the digital world and everything began to change.

The two remaining stores are located in Fairbanks on College Road and Anchorage on Debarr Road.

After that, things kept going downhill.

It was the great poet Percy Shelley who once wrote: "And on the pedestal, these words appear: My name is Blockbuster, Video Store of Video Stores; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

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.

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