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Blockbuster to Close a Third of Its Stores

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Blockbuster, one among the leaders in video and DVD rentals, plans to close 500 stores in the coming weeks, according to a report on Reuters.

The closings, which will take place during the first quarter of the year, include a Blockbuster store on Route 130 in East Windsor. There are also stores in East Brunswick, Hillsborough, North Brunswick and Somerset. The fate of those stores is unknown.

The company, which announced an increase in fourth-quarter profits, is shifting from store rentals to subscriber services and Dish Network sales, according to press reports. Dish Network bought the struggling video store chain last year.

Blockbuster had been in chapter 11 bankruptcy before the Dish Network purchase, with revenues falling as consumers changed viewing habits.

How do you watch videos at home? Vote in our poll.

Christina Marie February 25, 2012 at 02:08 PM
That shopping center is starting to look like a ghost town
whatever41 February 25, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Very sad, the shopping center is covered in cobwebs and tumble weeds. We'll be known as Tombstone aka East Windsor.
Ralph Wiggums February 25, 2012 at 03:21 PM
That's Blockbuster's own fault for not recognizing the way videos were trending. With streaming, on-demand, mail service, and cheap kiosks, the large brick and mortar rental stores that charge $4 a video were becoming outdated. I used to belong to Blockbuster, and then Blockbuster mail. I didn't rent enough to justify the mail service price. I also discovered redbox and used the public library. If I watch 2 or 3 movies a month, it's only $3. Now that my kids are elementary school age, I stream netflix because there are tons of kids cartoons and I get my $8 worth that way even though their movie selection is very weak and old. I've even considered going the HDTV antenna route and killing off my TV service to keep it to streaming and a free signal. I haven't gone that route yet, but it's a nice option to save some money. I don't even see standard DVD's or Blu-rays continuing as the standard for much longer. Streaming and digital downloads are very convenient and don't take up space in my house.
Linda C. February 25, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I always get my DVDs from the library. Latest releases, documentaries, old television programs, Mad Men, Downton Abby - whatever I want! 7 day checkout for no cost! Try it - you'll like it
Jennifer Bradshaw February 26, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Great advice, Linda! Lots of libraries have seriously beefed up their DVD selections in the last few years. I use library rentals myself.

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