Issaquah Blockbuster will end run in January
November 3, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
Make it a Blockbuster night — but hurry: The Issaquah outpost of the movie-rental giant will close in early January.
A Blockbuster spokesman said the Northwest Gilman Boulevard store would close by Jan. 10. A banner outside the outlet announced the impending closure.
Blockbuster executives announced a plan in September under which the chain could close as many as 960 stores by the end of 2010. Randy Hargrove, a spokesman at Blockbuster corporate headquarters in Dallas, said the company would close the Issaquah store as part of the strategy.
“We’re closing a handful of our 7,100 stores,” Hargrove said.
Though Hargrove could not provide specific figures for the Issaquah store, he said Blockbuster locations typically employ about seven workers. Hargrove said Blockbuster would work with interested employees to place them elsewhere in the chain.
Hargrove said the company chose which stores to close based on the proximity to other Blockbuster locations. The chain hopes to steer Issaquah customers to a Klahanie store. Hargrove said customers would be offered incentives, such as discounted movie rentals, to encourage them to make the switch.
The spokesman touted offerings such as Blockbuster on Demand, which allow users to download flicks to computers or certain home theater systems.
“We are taking efforts to let them know how they can continue to enjoy entertainment from Blockbuster,” Hargrove said.
Blockbuster has struggled as other 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.
Hargrove said the company looked forward to a strong fourth quarter, when summer blockbusters “Star Trek” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” are released on DVD.