Blockbuster Video Retail Stores Are Dead

Alex Barinka, reporting for Bloomberg, on the end of an era:

Blockbuster will shut the outlets by early January and discontinue its DVD-by-mail service by mid-December, Englewood, Colorado-based Dish said today in a statement. Each Blockbuster store has eight to 10 employees, so the move is expected to cost about 2,800 jobs. Dish will keep the licensing rights to the Blockbuster brand and use it to sell other services.

Sad but inevitable news.

I remember going to my local Blockbuster all the time as a kid to rent video games and movies. It was always a thrill to see the newest Madden game for Genesis available for rent. Those days now seem so quaint.