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Blockbuster Finally Bites the Dust; All St. Louis Stores to Close

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Your unborn children will never know what it means to rent a movie from Blockbuster.
Blockbuster is closing the handful of stores still open in Missouri by next year in a third and final round of cuts eliminating the video store's retail operations nationwide.

DISH Network, the owner of Blockbuster, announced Wednesday it is shuttering 300 retail stores and ending the video-by-mail service designed to compete in the age of Redbox and Netflix.

Daily RFT found seven Blockbuster stores still open in or near River City: on Chippewa Street in St. Louis; and in Webster Groves; Wentzville; Maryland Heights; Festus; Troy; and Alton, Illinois. Those and all Blockbusters will be gone by January 2014.

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Now our Blockbusters will look like this.
"This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment," says Joseph P. Clayton, DISH president and chief executive officer. "Despite our closing of the physical distribution elements of the business, we continue to see value in the Blockbuster brand, and we expect to leverage that brand as we continue to expand our digital offerings."

Blockbuster closed 10 of Missouri's 26 locations in February 2012, including stores in St. Ann and O'Fallon, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A year later, the company closed 300 locations nationwide, cutting 3,000 jobs, according to the St. Louis Business Journal, leaving 14 stores in the St. Louis metro area.

See DISH Network's full statement after the jump.


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28 comments
Brian Belko
Brian Belko

I left Blockbuster Video years ago, after they sent a debt collector after me for $11.00 in late fees, without warning...

Madolyn Hayne
Madolyn Hayne

If they have a close-out sale, think Christmas gifts!

Matt Weaver
Matt Weaver

Oh I get it, blockbusters are so old they have ghosts in them. Very funny!

Douglas Sneed
Douglas Sneed

That's what they get for gouging people for years in bogus late fees. Karma will always catch up with you! See ya BB!!

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Sadly, their on-line rental service totally sucks too.  Finally fired them after their service continued to plunge downhill.  Poor management, as usual.   

Craig Stevens
Craig Stevens

What!? No way! Everyone that has closed around here had a sign that said, "THIS LOCATION ONLY". There is no way they are closing them all! The sign said!

Jesse Wedel
Jesse Wedel

The internet has not only brought down a minotaur, but lubed it up and inserted... :)

Shelly Pogue
Shelly Pogue

And you can take your "restocking fee" with you.

Mary Poletti
Mary Poletti

For some reason, the one at Jamieson & Chippewa is ALWAYS busy (or at least not dead).

Tielsen Barragan
Tielsen Barragan

I didn't like them when they were popular. I was sad to see Hollywood Video die the same death though. My tastes in movies aren't the same as Blockbuster.

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

I didn't realize there were still some open.

Natasha Mayton
Natasha Mayton

Tara Broadway, oh no! Wasn't this your high school employer?

Courtney Lynne
Courtney Lynne

A tear drops...... (gonna miss them) In a bucket..... (moving on, hello Redbox & hello Netflix!)

Tim Nelson
Tim Nelson

As much as I like rental stores I'm glad Blockbuster is going. Not happy for people losing their jobs but have had problems with the company for years. Kept getting my account mixed up with someone else and froze mine while showing the other guys' name on it (this was while showing them my card with my name). Tried to take care of it but finally said screw them.

Angela Marie Diekmann-Tischner
Angela Marie Diekmann-Tischner

Kinda sad seeing the one by our house close in Maryland Heights. Spent a lot of time in that store over the years.

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