Beaufort Blockbuster closing in December

emoody@beaufortgazette.comNovember 8, 2013 

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The video rental chain Blockbuster will close the remaining 300 U.S. stores. In this photo, a Blockbuster sign in Fort Worth, Texas, is shown on Nov. 6, 2013.

RON T. ENNIS — MCT

The Blockbuster video store in Beaufort will close after Dec. 15, store manager Tracy Clark said this week, following an announcement by its parent company that it will shutter all locations nationwide.

Signs announcing the closing went up Nov. 1, and a liquidation sale began Monday. Movies are being sold for between $1.99 and $9.99, and everything -- from TVs to shelving to mops -- will be sold, Clark said.

All other inquiries were directed to a spokeswoman with corporate headquarters, who did not return calls this week.

The pioneer video-rental company is owned by the Dish Network, which is closing about 300 Blockbuster locations across the country by early January, The Associated Press reported. About 50 franchised stores will remain open in the U.S.

As part of Dish Network's retreat, Blockbuster's DVD-by-mail service is also shutting down next month. About 2,800 people who work in Blockbuster's stores and DVD distribution centers will lose their jobs, according to Dish Network.

It's not clear how many employees of the Beaufort store will lose jobs.

A for-sale sign was placed in front of the 25 Robert Smalls Parkway location, in the Beaufort Town Center, last spring.

At the time, Clark said Blockbuster was negotiating to renew its building lease and that the store would probably relocate in Beaufort if an agreement couldn't be reached.

The Bluffton location at 129 Towne Drive, the only other remaining Blockbuster in Beaufort County, will close Saturday and reopen Friday for liquidation. The Blockbuster video store at 45 Pembroke Drive on Hilton Head Island closed in 2009, when the company decided not to renew its lease.

In other changes about town:

  • Lifestyle Furniture Outlet, "LFO," is preparing to open at 1800 Boundary St., the former home of Nilson Van and Storage. The building is under renovation and is expected to open late this year or early next. It will sell close-out, market-sample and factory overrun furniture.
  • With its first class of docents trained, the Beaufort History Museum has expanded its hours. The museum is on the first floor of Beaufort City Hall, 1911 Boundary St. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 843-277-1443, beauforthistorymuseum.com

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.


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