The Blockbuster video rental retailer in Bend is not the final one in America. It’s the final one on the planet. Sandi Harding, the normal supervisor of the Bend Blockbuster, acquired a name Monday from an Australian radio station sharing the information that the Blockbuster in Perth, Australia — the one different Blockbuster on Earth — is closing on the finish of the month.
Harding stated she was much more shocked at Monday’s information than she was in July when she realized Blockbuster shops in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, had closed, making her retailer off Third Avenue the final within the nation.
“I had no concept,” she mentioned Tuesday. “I questioned which considered one of us was going to carry out the longest.” Blockbuster was a cultural phenomenon when it opened within the mid-Nineteen Eighties, as individuals flocked to its shops to lease films. The corporate had greater than 9,000 shops at its peak. However, its reputation began to dwindle as on-line streaming providers equivalent to Netflix and Hulu turned extra handy methods to observe films.
The corporate filed chapter in 2010 and closed all of its company-owned shops in early 2014. The remaining franchised shops saved closing, leaving the lone location in Bend. The Bend Blockbuster is displaying no indicators of closing, Harding stated. Because the retailer grew to become the final one in the US in July, it has drawn vacationers from as distant as Taiwan and London.
Many guests don’t lease a film from the shop however come as a substitute to purchasing a Blockbuster T-shirt, sticker or magnet. All the merchandise within the retailer is made by Bend companies, Harding stated. And the novelty of the Blockbuster retailer has re-energized locals to hire extra films, she stated.