Blockbuster Hangs "For Rent" Signs on 187 Stores

Blockbuster plans to close 182 stores over the next few months as it tries to emerge from bankruptcy, reports Bloomberg. The once-dominant movie rental chain faces competition from Netflix and, increasingly, from alternative video-on-demand providers. The store closures are in addition to the 1,000 locations shut down during the past two years. Next year, the company expects to emerge from bankruptcy with the help of new owners, including shareholder activist Carl Icahn.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus