The Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon, is enacting safety and social-distancing measures to keep the lights on through the pandemic.
The Blockbuster video store in Bend, Oregon, is the last of its kind in the entire world, and it’s miraculously surviving not just the streaming era but also the coronavirus pandemic. In a new interview with Vice, the store’s longtime general manager Sandi Harding said she’s keeping the lights on by making the store as safe as possible.
Because the local DVD distributor is closed, Harding ventures to major retailers with her mask and gloves on to purchase new films for her store.
“The big title for next week is ‘Call of the Wild,” Harding told Vice. “I usually start out with 30 copies on DVD, and 12 to 14 Blu-Ray. I’ll go to Walmart, Target, Fred Meyer, every retailer we have here in town, and I’ll only get five or 10 from each one.
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Curbside pickup has officially begun and we can’t thank you all enough for your support! We’ve been crazy busy with all the online orders made recently and that’s been a tremendous help bringing income into the store assuring us that we can stay open during these tough times! Thank you to @daivya4infinity for painting on our window, support your local artist as much as possible if you need anything painted hit him up!
They don’t like me very much if I come in and just wipe out their shelves, so I try to be conscientious of that, and make sure that I leave movies for their regular customers as well.”