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In the new movie “Captain Marvel,” audiences will see an old familiar site: a Blockbuster video store.
Remember when you once had to go to a store and rent a movie on a disc or tape to watch it at home?
In its heyday, Blockbuster video had over 9,000 locations packed with walls of movies and cashiers thrilled to sell you a membership card. While you may be too young to understand “be kind and rewind,” it was once a well-known along with dreaded late fees.
In Bend, Oregon, the last remaining Blockbuster store stands. It’s actually a tourist attraction more than a video rental store selling souvenirs, trinkets and its own signature craft beer.
Now, the Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Family Door, Kmart and many others are closing locations due in large part to technology. As I like to say, if you don’t innovate, you evaporate.