Issaquah Blockbuster store set to close
October 28, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 3:45 p.m. Oct. 28, 2009
Make it a Blockbuster night — but hurry: the Issaquah outpost of the movie-rental giant will close by early January.
A sign at the Northwest Gilman Boulevard store announced the impending closure. A store employee said the store would close Jan. 3.
Blockbuster executives announced a plan in September under which the chain could close as many as 960 stores by the end of 2010. But it remained unclear whether the Issaquah store would be closed as part of the plan.
Blockbuster has struggled as services, such as Netflix and Redbox, sprouted and siphoned business. Customers also became accustomed to competing services, such as DVDs delivered through the mail and movies streamed over broadband connections.
A spokeswoman at Blockbuster corporate headquarters in Dallas could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.