Fallen Giant Blockbuster Video to Close Last Remaining Stores

Thursday, November 07, 2013

A Blockbuster Video store, October 2008 (Stu Pendousmat/Wikimedia Commons)

Perhaps you haven't missed your brightly lit neighborhood Blockbuster with its full parking lot, microwave popcorn, and big boxes of Milk Duds.

But the company has announced that its last 300 stores are closing down early next year. The whole business model in flames from Netflix, on demand streaming, iTunes, and video archives that easily store in the cloud.

Back in 2004, Blockbuster had more than 9,000 stores with 60,000 employees.

Aaron Hillis once wore the Blockbuster brand as a helpful blue shirted clerk—today he's a film critic and owns Video Free Brooklyn in the borough's Cobble Hill neighborhood. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the closing of Blockbuster.

Guests:

Aaron Hillis

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Rachel from Brooklyn, NY

I used to be a patron of Video Free Brooklyn a few years ago, but stopped going once Aaron took over. He got rid of my favorite staffers who had been there for as long as I'd been coming in. His attitude sucks as well. Back in the day, you'd get a free rental from VFB if you turned in your Blockbuster card. But with this guy, honestly I'd prefer Blockbuster.

Nov. 07 2013 07:57 PM

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