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Oregon city will have last Blockbuster store in world

7 months 1 week 6 hours ago Thursday, March 07 2019 Mar 7, 2019 March 07, 2019 8:51 AM March 07, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: The Bulletin

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The Blockbuster store in a city near central Oregon became the last one in the U.S. last year. And soon it'll be the only one in the world.

The Bulletin reports that a Blockbuster store in Perth, Australia, is closing later this month, leaving the Bend franchise alone on the planet. Blockbuster stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, closed last July.

The yellow-and-blue themed movie rental stores were once everywhere, with 9,000 stores worldwide. But competition from on-demand movie-streaming services like Netflix and Hulu forced Blockbuster to declare bankruptcy in 2010.

The company closed all of its corporate-owned stores in 2014. The remaining franchised stores kept closing until the Bend Blockbuster was the last one. Manager Sandi Harding says the store is a tourist attraction and won't close anytime soon.

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