SANDY, Ore. (KOIN) — One of the last remaining Blockbuster video stores is closing its doors after more than 20 years of business in Sandy.
At one point in time, it seemed like there was a Blockbuster on every corner, and according to the Washington Post, in 1989 a new store was opening every 17 hours. But the days of “Be kind, rewind” are coming to an end.
In a world where we can stream movies and TV online with the click of a button, the demand for video rental stores like Blockbuster has decreased.
“We live in an age that’s changing so fast,” Sandy resident Alex Mauck said. “Every day it’s something else!”
The instantly recognizable blue and yellow logo has coaxed Sandy residents in for decades.
“They get to know their customers, they care,” Laura Elliott said. “And they say ‘Oh Laura, we got this new one, we think you’ll like it.'”
The doors will close for good at the Sandy Blockbuster at the end of December.
“It’s just nice to be able come in here and you get 3, 4 days rental and it’s sad to see a local business go away,” Mauck said.
Now the stock is on sale and people are scooping up DVDs and video games as they reminisce about the past.
“We used to go all the time,” Amanda Wilson of Estacada said. “I’d hound Mom whenever she’d do errands.”
The Sandy Blockbuster is one of just 10 still operating — 6 of them up in Alaska. There are 2 others in Oregon, in Redmond and Bend.