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Blockbuster Video Closing in Buffalo Grove

A liquidation sale is in progress at 686 S. Buffalo Grove Road.

A liquidation sale is underway at Buffalo Grove’s Blockbuster Video store, where movies, video games, candy and even store fixtures are priced to sell. 

Items in the store are marked up to 70 percent off. The liquidation sale will run through March 24, an employee said.

Blockbuster’s parent company, Dish Network, announced last month plans to close about 300 stores across the nation, the Huffington Post reported. The company also closed about 500 stores in 2012, according to the website. Around 500 stores will remain after this round of closures, Huffington Post reported.

A store manager at the Buffalo Grove location deferred comment to Blockbuster’s headquarters. A spokesperson could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

The Buffalo Grove store's closure will mark the end of Blockbuster in the village. Blockbusters closed in past years on McHenry Road (now home to American Mattress) and Half Day Road (now occupied by Fitness 19).

The next nearest Blockbuster, on Euclid Road in Palatine, is also closing. Its liquidation sale will end Sunday, an employee said.

Blockbuster also lends videos through kiosks in select markets, but according to its website, there are no video vending machines within 50 miles of Buffalo Grove.

Those who want to rent movies can still find them at Redbox kiosks in Buffalo Grove. The machines are available at Dominick's, Jewel and Walgreens stores in Buffalo Grove and surrounding towns.

Do you still rent movies or games? Will you miss Buffalo Grove's Blockbuster? Tell us in the comment section below.

Sharon February 13, 2013 at 02:28 PM
I thought there was a Blockbuster Express kiosk in the Dominick's at Lake-Cook and Arlington Heights Rd.
Cristel Mohrman (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Their website doesn't show any in our area. http://www.blockbusterexpress.com/find-kiosk If anyone sees a kiosk in Buffalo Grove, let us know!
Jon DeMarc February 13, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I worked here as my first job after college. I didn't have a car and this was within walking distance. Gail and I were the "candy dunces" according to our district manager. We ran a good store back then during the hay days of Blockbuster but we always forgot to order candy!
John L February 13, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Sad. End of an era. Recently read an article in a free minibook http://www.amazon.com/Principles-Efluential-Marketing-Competition-ebook/dp/B00AVA3CAY#reader_B00AVA3CAY They used Blockbuster as a perfect example of failing to adapt. Too bad. Blockbuster already had 3/4 of what they needed to creat a Redbox before Redbox did.
Saw these stores on the list when it was announced in the Wall Street Journal last week. They'll be online-only in the end if they remain in existence at all.
Pete Speer February 13, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Don't forget your Public Libraries -- freeforone week $1 per day thereafter...and oh yes, the have books too. You already pay taxes, why not enjoy it.
Kevin Alperstein February 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM
The Blockbuster kiosk has been changed to a Redbox at Dominick's.
Cristel Mohrman (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Great idea, Pete!

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