The final Blockbuster video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks are closing their rental business on Monday, July 16, but will reopen on Tuesday through the end of August to sell-off their inventory. In the segment, Oliver offered movie memorabilia to the stores to help increase business. Despite the fact both locations are still pulling a profit, owner Alan Payne says it no longer makes sense to renew either store's leases, which expire in August.
That leaves just one Blockbuster Video, in Bend, Oregon, as the last functioning store in the entire country.
Some have credited expensive internet as a factor in keeping the Alaska locations open longer than most stores.
"I tell you, we're going to get a lot of traffic, is what I'm expecting", Daymude told the Associated Press.
"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years". "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is".
Back in April, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featured the remaining Alaskan Blockbusters (at that time there were three). The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna stores closed this year, as did another Anchorage location near the intersection of Old Seward Highway and Huffman Road.
The closings come after a number of other Blockbuster stores have shuttered in recent months.
"We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello, '" the final two shops" managers posted in a Facebook announcement on Thursday. "I can't tell you how much it means to us".
It was the great poet Percy Shelley who once wrote: "And on the pedestal, these words appear: My name is Blockbuster, Video Store of Video Stores; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Blockbuster then peaked in 2004 with an incredible 9,094 stores worldwide ... and then quickly plummeted to declare bankruptcy in 2010.
Though there will only be one store left in the United States, Engadget noted that a "handful of Australian stores and kiosks" are left in existence.