Eldersburg Blockbuster, Last Remaining in County, Closing Soon
Is renting movies from brick and mortar stores a thing of the past?
Carroll County’s only Blockbuster Video store, located in Eldersburg will close its doors in February, leaving the area without a place to physically browse and rent movies, TV shows and video games.
While this means the end of browsing the aisle, it doesn’t mean to end of renting DVD’s in the area.
Plagued by debt and overcome by changes in how consumers acquire media, Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
Although Blockbuster was purchased by the satellite company Dish Network in an auction for $320 million earlier this year, hundreds of stores have closed, including all stores in Canada, with many more set to shutter in the near future.
The first Blockbuster opened in Texas in 1985. With some 4,000 stores at its peak, it was once the leader in the video rental space, and the place to go to pick up new releases as well as classic movies, at a fraction of what it would cost to see them at a cinema, according to a Patch article.
But the brick and mortar video stores are slowly going out of business, failing to compete with Netflix and Redbox.