The closures announced Wednesday will affect the remaining 300 or so Blockbuster locations scattered across the country. Dish Network expects the stores to be closed by early January. Dish Network says about 2,800 people will lose their jobs.
The Englewood, Colo. satellite-TV provider also is shutting down Blockbuster's DVD-by-mail service next month.
Dish Network's retreat will render Blockbuster's once-ubiquitous brand nearly extinct. About 50 U.S. stores operating under franchise agreements will remain open.
The closest operating Blockbuster to our viewing area is in Poteau, OK. Branches in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley closed more than 2 years ago.
Dish Network bought Blockbuster out of bankruptcy court in 2011.