The last Blockbuster movie rental store in Boulder is closing its doors.
Blockbuster, which has operated at 3135 28th St. for 16 years, will cease renting movies this week and will close at 6 p.m. Saturday. The location then will reopen Monday, when a liquidation sale will commence, a store official said.
The Boulder store's last day of business is scheduled for Oct. 20.
The closure comes as part of a continued shedding of Blockbuster stores by parent company Dish Network Corp., which has closed about 1,000 rental stores since acquiring the bankrupt chain in 2011.
After closing 350 Blockbuster stores during the first half of the year, Dish officials announced plans earlier this month to shutter 100 more under-performing stores by the end of the quarter. Dish, which currently operates about 450 Blockbuster stores, made the moves in efforts to both reach profitability on the Blockbuster brand and put a greater focus on its wireless and satellite TV efforts.
During Dish's most recent quarter, which ended June 30, Blockbuster lost $5.03 million on $120.6 million in revenue. During the same quarter a year earlier, Blockbuster lost $13.3 million on $253.3 million in revenue.
An employee at the Blockbuster store in Longmont -- which will become the retailer's last remaining Boulder County location -- said that store at 1751 Hover St. will remain open.
Officials for Englewood-based Dish (Nasdaq: DISH, $44.06) did not return queries for comment.
Blockbuster customer Tim Thomas, a Boulder resident of 21 years, said he was extremely disappointed to learn he'll be losing a business he frequented, renting three to six movies a week.
"The people (at Blockbuster) always have been really nice and very accommodating," said Thomas, 43.
The Blockbuster on 28th Street became Thomas' sole outlet for movie rentals after the chain's other Boulder locations closed a couple years back.
Thomas preferred Blockbuster to its competitors -- especially the autonomous and digital ones -- because of the store environment and the customer service. Some people have their locally operated and brand-name favorite businesses, Thomas said, adding Blockbuster was his mainstay for movies.
"I didn't want to do Netflix because I didn't want to have a monthly bill," he said. "I just like to go inside and browse around."
In recent years, the brick-and-mortar video rental industry has grown increasingly beleaguered as consumers turned to DVD and Blu-ray kiosks and online streaming providers such as Netflix.
In Boulder County, chains including Blockbuster, Movie Trading Co., Hollywood Video and Video Update closed stores and grocers eliminated their rental departments in favor of RedBox kiosks.
Locally owned retailers such as Video Stork, Video Bus and North Village Video also went dark.
With the 28th Street Blockbuster joining those ranks, the lone rental store in Boulder will be The Video Station, which opened in 1982.
The independently operated Video Station has plans to move to a garden-level location at 5290 Arapahoe Ave. in east Boulder from its current two-story building at 1661 28th St.
Bruce Shamma, owner of The Video Station, could not be reached for comment.
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