Kevin Daymude, Blockbuster Alaska general manager, said the final stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close Monday and reopen the following day to sell off remaining inventory through the end of August. The company's precipitous decline in the streaming age has now reached its near-nadir: As of August, there will be only one operating Blockbuster store in the entire country. We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years.
"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", the post continued.
"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", he said.
The past few years, however, have seen most - and now all - of the remaining Alaska Blockbusters issue their last late fee. Alongside Blockbuster, there are also other independent video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
While most states lost their Blockbuster locations years ago, Alaska had held onto the brand.
The closures come despite a campaign from HBO host John Oliver to increase business at the stores by donating a jockstrap worn by Russel Crowe in the 2005 film "Cinderella Man" as a tourist attraction.
Now, the managers told the Anchorage Daily News the memorabilia will likely go back to its owner, and residents will have to find their movies another way. Blockbuster then peaked in 2004 with an incredible 9,094 stores worldwide ... and then quickly plummeted to declare bankruptcy in 2010.
The Alaska Blockbusters also attracted additional attention recently when John Oliver announced that he was sending some of the props from the Russell Crowe divorce auction to the video rental stores.
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!"
The owner of the Alaska stores said he determined nine months ago that renewing the remaining store leases wouldn't make financial sense.