'It hurts my heart:' Sale starts at last Alaska Blockbusters
A line of buyers wrapped around the building for Tuesday's clearance sale at the Blockbuster Video store on DeBarr Road, one of Alaska's last two locations now set to close.
More than 100 people waited to get inside when the doors opened at noon. Tuesday was the first day of a storewide sale following last week's announcement that the DeBarr location and one on College Road in Fairbanks were shutting their doors, despite the Anchorage store's national notoriety after HBO comedian John Oliver sent it several pieces of Russell Crowe movie memorabilia.
The Alaska closures leave a Blockbuster location in Oregon as the once-nationwide video chain's last U.S. store.
Longtime manager Kevin Daymude said one of the hardest parts of the closure would be saying goodbye to customers he considered friends.
"I've known these customers since the 1990s and that's what kills me the most, is saying goodbye to them," Daymude said. "That was the hardest thing for me to do; it hurts my heart."
Daymude invited people to come to the store and say hello before they close for good at the end of August.
People who are more interested in buying movies can do that too. All the inventory at the Anchorage and Fairbanks stores is on sale with movies ranging in price from $3 to $20. The stores are open daily from noon to 10 p.m.
The store's owner hasn't yet made any plans for the Crowe memorabilia, Daymude said, including the actor's jockstrap from the boxing film "Cinderella Man."
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