RIP, Uptown Blockbuster

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:::: UPDATE :::: Anne Jeske, a project manager for Kraus-Anderson Realty, the company that owns the strip mall that was home to the Uptown Blockbuster, says there's no news at the moment as regards what business will move into the old Blockbuster space.

The Blockbuster store at 2224 Hennepin Avenue South went the way of the dinosaur at 5 p.m yesterday.

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Shelves were mostly empty during the store's final minutes, and with available-for-purchase fixtures strewn around haphazardly, the place had a half-torn-down vibe reminiscent of the one prevailing inside the Metrodome last week:

A store employee said the Uptown location's remaining inventory will be shipped to the handful of Blockbuster locations that will remain open for another week or so in larger cities like Chicago and NYC.

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There wasn't much left by the end, however. Over in the TV section, for instance, about a half-dozen copies of season five of Weeds remained on the mostly empty, picked-over shelves, yet there was no sign of any other season of the show. Most of what was left in other sections were obscure, mostly unfamiliar titles.

As the store's last shoppers picked over the remains, I asked a clerk how long the store had been open.

"Ten years, twenty years... I'm not sure," he said.

"A long time," chimed in another employee who overheard the question.

And with that, bargain shoppers walked out of the long-familiar world of in-store VHS and DVD rentals and all the good memories it contains, and into one of Netflixes, Redboxes, and whatever else the future holds.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Kayla Fuller
Kayla Fuller

So does that mean Video Universe in Robbinsdale the last movie rental place in the metro area? :o

Brian Nieken
Brian Nieken

Michael J. Fox Wethington remember going here back in the day? And Hollywood Video

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

because they had ANYTHING worth renting in there anyway. such underwhelm. much overdue.

Jeff Young
Jeff Young

Oh the joy of possibly purchasing really scratched DVD copies of God knows what atrocity, Paul Blart Mall Cop? in Blockbuster cases no less. Ugh, can't remember how many years ago my last BB rental was.

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

Odd, I thought this already happened, like, a year or two ago.

Jay Boller
Jay Boller

But I love browsing through the aisles for the perfect flick ...

_Joe_
_Joe_

Ah LackLuster Video, we hardly knew ye.


Seriously, you sucked.  

I haven't rented movies since the Hollywood video on Hennepin closed.

Wayne Robbins
Wayne Robbins

Are they completely closed or is there a huge sale on everything like the other stores

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

It seems like the Blockbuster "store closing" sale went on for weeks. How much could they possibly have had to unload, and how is it they couldn't have liquidated the store inventory and infrastructure in a couple of weeks?

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