The final two Blockbuster Video locations in Alaska are slated to close this summer, despite a gift of movie memorabilia for the Anchorage store which drew national attention.

Blockbuster Video’s Alaska Facebook page announced the pending shutdown Thursday afternoon of the DeBarr Road store in Anchorage and the College Road store in Fairbanks.

“We will reopen for our inventory sale on Tuesday, July 17th at 12 noon and will run through the months of July and August,” Blockbuster officials wrote. “These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers.”

Staff at an Anchorage Blockbuster pose Wednesday, May 2, 2018 with Russell Crowe memorabilia donated by HBO host John Oliver on his show. (Credit: John Thompson/KTVA)

Anchorage Blockbuster manager Kevin Daymude said business was doing well, but the DeBarr store was being forced to shutter its doors by rent increases at its building. The closure was "tough," especially for a small business.

“It was tough to talk to my employees about it. But — I can’t believe this — it was tougher for me to talk to my customers about it," Daymude said. "I’ve had customers crying. I’ve had customers upset. It’s tough to tell them that. They’re like family to me. We know everything about them. It’s a tough thing to do."

Earlier this year, comedian John Oliver famously sent the DeBarr location several items worn by actor Russell Crowe – including his jockstrap from the boxing film “Cinderella Man” – in a segment featured on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

Scott Jensen contributed information to this story.

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