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Old 09-15-09, 03:55 PM
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Blockbuster shuts down 960 stores -- if yours is closing post here

http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6696919.html
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Blockbuster will close as many as 960 stores by the end of next year, as the largest U.S. movie-rental chain looks to shutter unprofitable units to cut debt.

The retailer is trying to improve its financials to comply with a recent refinancing agreement and is redeploying cash toward such initiatives as digital delivery and movie rental kiosks.

The company will incur as much as $60 million in lease-termination costs but save as much as $60 million a year with the closures, factoring the closure of money-losing stores and the amount of sales transferred to nearby operating stores, Blockbuster said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.

The pending closures account for as much as 14% of Blockbuster's approximately 7,100 stores. About one in five Blockbuster stores loses money, the company said in the filing.
If any of your local Blockbusters turns out to be going under you should post it in here.

Last time a Blockbuster in my area closed (it was only a single one) they shipped their inventory elsewhere, but I'm hoping since this is a mass closing they will be having some sales. At some point, the thread should probably go in the bargain forum, but maybe not yet, until we learn of some actual closures.
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Re: Blockbuster shuts down 960 stores -- if yours is closing post here

so if i rent like 20 new releases a couple days prior to a close, will i have to return them?
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Re: Blockbuster shuts down 960 stores -- if yours is closing post here

Originally Posted by droidguy1119 View Post
At some point, the thread should probably go in the bargain forum, but maybe not yet, until we learn of some actual closures.
Actually, it will probably end up in the store forum as soon as a mod sees it.

I'll keep an eye on my closest store. I would not be surprised at all to see it close. It's always dead. The last time I went in the only people in the store were me and six employees which makes for a rather uncomfortable experience. Plus, there's two Redboxs within view of the Blockbuster, another one a tenth of a mile up the road and at least 9 or 10 around town that I'm aware of.
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Re: Blockbuster shuts down 960 stores -- if yours is closing post here

i was actually in today and they were training a new employee, so...
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Re: Blockbuster shuts down 960 stores -- if yours is closing post here

Originally Posted by scott1598 View Post
so if i rent like 20 new releases a couple days prior to a close, will i have to return them?
Depends.

My Hollywood Video closed down overnight (I worked at years ago ) and the sign on the window told everyone to keep their rentals. I spoke to a previous employee and he said they didn't want to deal with inputting those back into inventory since everything was shipped out.

And good news for Blockbusters! Hate that shithole.
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Blockbuster, I'm really sad for you, and I'm gonna let you finish, but Hollywood had one of the worst store closings of all time.
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Re: Blockbuster shuts down 960 stores -- if yours is closing post here

Originally Posted by GizmoDVD View Post
Depends.

My Hollywood Video closed down overnight (I worked at years ago ) and the sign on the window told everyone to keep their rentals. I spoke to a previous employee and he said they didn't want to deal with inputting those back into inventory since everything was shipped out.

And good news for Blockbusters! Hate that shithole.
wow. that's cool you didn't have to return.
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Re: Blockbuster shuts down 960 stores -- if yours is closing post here

The Blockbuster in my city closed a while ago. As far as I can tell, there are none within a 10 mile radius of me now.
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I haven't heard anything about the Blockbuster closest to me closing, however, I'm friends with some of the people that work there, so I'll ask about it...
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Good riddance.
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Old 09-15-09, 05:02 PM
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Torrington CT: There are two Blockbusters. The one in the center of town is closing down per a very recent article in the local rag.
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I had to at the fact that Blockbuster is now selling knock-off Sunglasses. After all their previous failed attempts they sell sunglasses.
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Re: Blockbuster shuts down 960 stores -- if yours is closing post here

Apex, NC is closing. Everything is 70% off. They're even selling most of the furnishings. Apparently I missed the start of it because they were in third round of markdowns (24 foot shelving unit/bookcase for 75.00...tempting.)
Movie dvds? They had a bunch, hundreds if not a few thousand, but maybe 25 titles I had ever heard of. Most of them were C-level horror movies. (Not that there's anything wrong with those).
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Old 09-15-09, 08:33 PM
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Re: Blockbuster shuts down 960 stores -- if yours is closing post here

Some additional info on this: 18% of their locations are unprofitable -- BBV intends to close 685 of that 960 by the end of 2009, with the remaining 275 in 2010.

Now those figures are rough, it could be as low as 800 or could swell to 1,500 into 2011.

More on the death-spirial
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Old 09-15-09, 09:46 PM
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Anyone have list of possible closings? Same for maybe any Hollywood video stores etc?
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Old 09-15-09, 09:52 PM
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The Amsterdam, NY store is closing. They've had clearance sales for well over 4 weeks now and the last time I went by there (early last week) they were selling all DVDs for $5.99 each! And most of them were big hollywood catalog releases. IMO, They had cheaper prices on their previously viewed stock back when they were in business than now, maybe they're trying to make up for it somehow.
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Old 09-15-09, 11:20 PM
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Yes one in my area is closing that I've noticed so far.
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Netflix and Redbox are really ripping them a new one, huh?

If BB sinks, are studios still gonna whine about Redbox?
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Old 09-16-09, 03:21 AM
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I'm glad to see them go. I rented from them back in the late 90s and twice, they tried to charge me for items I returned and the employees stole the discs from (claiming I turned in an empty case). Obviously it was a common problem because a regional manager that contacted me both times offered 10 free rentals if I'd continue going there.
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Are any of them discounting the new wolverine set with figure? They showed pictures on tv of a local store which said everything on sale. I havent checked it out yet.
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Re: Blockbuster shuts down 960 stores -- if yours is closing post here

One of their main problems is the stores charge $4.99 for all titles new and old.

I don't understand why they can't drop the price of the older DVD's to say $1.49 or $1.99 for 5 days. Or maybe do more specials (rent 1, get one free?)

I realize their rent/overhead is probably really high, but wouldn't you rather rent out those movies and get the cash, than have them sit on the shelf and gather dust?

I know the mentality for most people is I want New Releases. But, IMO if you want to be a credible video store, you need a good selection of new and old movies. I think it's stupid that if an older title doesn't rent out, it automatically goes to the Used DVD's for sale area.
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Re: Blockbuster shuts down 960 stores -- if yours is closing post here

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I'm glad to see them go. I rented from them back in the late 90s and twice, they tried to charge me for items I returned and the employees stole the discs from (claiming I turned in an empty case). Obviously it was a common problem because a regional manager that contacted me both times offered 10 free rentals if I'd continue going there.
I also stopped going after being charged for returned items. Around 1997 or so I rented a movie for film class (The Searchers) and returned it promptly. The next time I go in 2 months later I have a huge late fee and they say I never returned it. I walk to the western section and there it is on the shelf. There's only 1 copy, so I know some idiot put it back on the shelf without scanning it. I take it to the register and they accuse me of bringing it in just then and demand I pay the fee. I walked out, opened an account at Hollywood video and never went back.

I don't know which is more sad... that they would call a customer a liar or that a film as great as The Searchers would sit on a shelf gathering dust for two months without a single rental.
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Old 09-16-09, 08:00 AM
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Hopefully some close in the Maryland Area
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There are 4 in my area, I wonder if all 4 will survive. But hey its the cycle of life. BBV pushed out mom and pop shops, and now Redbox and netflix pushes them out.

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