Are childhoods are almost over - Blockbuster, the video rental place that once dominated our Friday nights, is at its final breaths as its last remaining stores in the world are finally shutting down for good.
Just last week, the Blockbuster store in Oregon announced that it would be closing by the end of 2017. The announcement was made on Facebook, and it was a truly sad day for millennials:
Blockbuster Video used to be a business giant with over 9,000 stores in the U.S. The company even reached a point where it was opening a new store every 17 hours, according to the Washington Post. It profited from the public's prior need for video rental services; however, once Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services came into the picture, the business failed to keep up and eventually filed for bankruptcy in 2010. All of its stores closed by the end of 2013, with the exception of 9 that still remain today.
People everywhere still hold Blockbuster close to their hearts. It was where many childhood memories were made; a familiar place where people often visited to celebrate the end of a rough work week. There was something special about going to the store with one's family and friends and picking DVDs to watch together. It's a feeling that Netflix simply cannot replicate.
Alexis Phelps, an employee at the Oregon Blockbuster, said that people often pulled into the parking lot to take a photo of the store before driving away. "They're like, 'You guys are still around?'"
Today, there are six Blockbuster stores open in Alaska, three in Oregon and one in Edinberg. It's only a matter of time before Blockbuster officially turns into nothing but a warm memory.