Blockbuster bugs out

Blockbuster video store in Kapa‘a is seen here early Tuesday evening. The store was supposed to shut down at 7 p.m. Friday, but at 1 p.m. Tuesday the store received a notice from corporate that it was to close within mere hours, an employee said. At 6 p.m., the store’s final few customers walked out with arms full of $1 videos. An employee said the fate of the half dozen employees displaced by the closure remains unknown. An employee at Blockbuster in Lihu‘e said there are no current plans to close the Kukui Grove location. In September 2009, Blockbuster announced it would close more than 900 stores by the end of 2010. The video chain filed for bankruptcy protection in September 2010. By December 2010, it announced it would close an additional 182 stores by April 2011. In April, Dish Network purchased the company at auction for nearly $320 million.

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