Last Alaska Blockbusters to close, leaving 1 store remaining in the US

The Blockbuster movie rental store is open for business in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, Colorado April 6, 2011. Dish Network Corp won Blockbuster Inc in a bankruptcy auction for about $320 million, boosting the satellite TV provider's online features and marketing reach. Dish, the second-largest U.S. satellite TV company after DirecTV, trumped at least three other bidders, including activist investor Carl Icahn, for the one-time leader in video rentals. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s last two Blockbuster video stores are calling it quits, leaving just one store open in the rest of the nation.

Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska, says the stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night. The stores will get rid of their videos in a liquidation sale that starts Tuesday.

The closures come just two months after the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” sent a jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie “Cinderella Man” to the Anchorage store, which displayed it in an effort to ramp up business.

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Daymude says the buzz from the Oliver connection brought business to the store. But it wasn’t enough to counter a planned lease increase.

The closures will leave the Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon, as the sole holdout.

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