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.

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2 Responses to “Issaquah Blockbuster store set to close”

  1. Anonymous on October 29th, 2009 6:04 am

    It’s funny how things evolve.

    Years ago, Blockbuster ran all of the mom and pop video stores out of business as they moved in. Now this has happened to them.

  2. dvdlover on October 29th, 2009 10:42 am

    Waht about their lousy customer service and constanty-changing policies? Maybe that has something to do with their downfall…

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