Last Blockbuster in Texas to close, leaving only 8 in existence
Don't expect them to late-return.
Blockbuster Video, the panda of the retail world, lost yet another location, bringing the remaining total to eight.
The closure of the Edinburg, Texas spot was the last location in the entire Lone Star State.
It had been open since the early 1990s.
For employees such as Rick Cavazos, who works at the Blockbuster with his spouse, Liz, and went on to become the manager, there have been few concessions as he says goodbye to the once ubiquitous blue and yellow ticket stub.
"I hate to say it. It's going to be gone," he told The Monitor. "I owe (the store) a great debt because I met my wife (here), I'm obligated to say it was the most fun job in the world, I enjoyed it — years felt like days."
Cavazos and franchise owner Alan Payne oversaw this past weekend's liquidation sale, where some customers waited over an hour to buy movies hard to find online.
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"If you would've come into this store on a Friday night 15 years ago, you would've seen this many people in here and they would've been running, talking movies and having fun," Payne told KGBT.
Ironically, a video exploring the “abandoned” Blockbuster went viral in August 2016 after an employee filmed himself searching through its many empty, customer-less aisles, noting how it was all "strangely untouched by time."
Faced with such competitors as Netflix and Redbox, Blockbuster declared bankruptcy in 2010 and shuttered the majority of its locations in the U.S. and Canada.
Dish Network attempted to revive the brand in 2011 with a $234 million purchase only for Blockbuster to again falter. Two years later, 2,800 employees would lose their jobs and only 50 stores would survive a culling that ended about 300 locations.
As of now, six Blockbusters are still open in Alaska and two more still exist in Oregon, but an announcement Friday revealed that the former would soon be losing one of those establishments.
"I can't tell you exactly what I'm going to feel because I'm not there yet," said Liz Cavazos.
"But it is going to feel different because this is (the store) where I started, this is where I met (my husband), so it's very personal, it was more than a job — it's more like a home."