Blockbuster Video Is Still Big In One Of The 50 States
Posted: 6:01 am Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Well this is something you probably thought you’d never hear again… There is still some blockbusters in business somewhere in the United States! In 1989, a new Blockbuster video store opened every 17 hours somewhere in the U.S., peaking at 9,000 location nationwide. And even though everyone though they ALL closed down, there are still about 10 remaining—at least seven of which are in Alaska. While business has indeed taken a hit in the Netflix and streaming age, owner Alan Payne tells The Washington Post, “If you went in there on a Friday night, you’d be shocked at the number of people.” So why does Blockbuster thrive in Alaska? Namely because internet service is “substantially more expensive than in most states,” notes The Post, making streaming cost-prohibitive for some prospective viewers.