The last U.S. Blockbuster store will officially be the last in the world after the Perth, Australia location closes this month.
And then there was one. The Associated Press has reported via the Washington Post that a franchise unit in Bend, Oregon will be the last Blockbuster on the planet after the closure of a Perth, Australia location this month.
The AP reports that in its heyday, Blockbuster boasted 9,000 stores worldwide, but after failing to compete with online streaming services its feasibility rapidly waned. The movie rental company declared bankruptcy in 2010, closed all its corporate-owned stores in 2014 and has seen all but one franchise closure in the years since, according to the article.
The article notes that the last Blockbuster’s manager called the store a tourist attraction that “won’t close anytime soon.”
Read the full Associated Press article on the Washington Post here.