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Blockbusters in Alaska to close

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — Alaska's last two Blockbuster video stores are calling it quits, leaving just one store open in the U.S.

The stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night and reopen Tuesday for video liquidation sales through the end of August, said Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.

"It's going to be crazy," Daymude said of the temporary reopening. He said residents were sad when they heard the news and many people have been reminiscing about their Blockbuster memories.

The news was announced to Alaskans on Blockbuster Alaska's Facebook page.

While most Americans have not seen a Blockbuster since the company filed for bankruptcy in 2010, Alaska had held onto the brand. And the Anchorage location had recently gotten national attention when Last Week Tonight host John Oliver sent the store a collection of Russell Crowe memorabilia, including the actor's jockstrap from his 2005 film "Cinderella Man" to drum up business.

Now, the lone remaining Blockbuster store is in Bend, Oregon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 

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