The last of the breed

The last video store in New Jersey is closing up:

Next weekend, there will be no place left to rent a movie to watch on Saturday night in Brick — or anywhere else in the Garden State, for that matter.

After 27 years in business, Bob’s Video Time, the final holdout of what was once a multi-billion dollar industry, is closing its doors in the Briarmill shopping center off Lanes Mill Road.

The shelves are still stocked with Blu-Ray discs, DVDs and video games, but a closeout sale is beginning to take a bite out of the inventory. Business is slow — an occasional regular strolls in to find something to watch for the night — but the hustle and bustle that was once found in this place has gone away for good.

For what it’s worth, Bob outlasted all the video chains:

As the industry grew, so did the competition, but Video Time had carved a local niche that kept its customers returning, again and again, for the personal service that may not have always been present in a massive Blockbuster or Hollywood Video location.

“There were eight video stores in a two mile radius, and they eventually all went out of business,” said [Bob] Karpodinis. “At least for the last five years, we were the only ones left. People like mom-and-pop stores. They know you from town and they know your name.”

I blame Netflix. Then again, I would.

(Via Fark.)





7 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    4 February 2017 · 2:59 pm

    I remember a time when every wide place in the road had a video-rental place.

    a lot of them later became tanning salons. And then they became nail-decorating shops. Now, I suppose, they are vape shops….

  2. CGHill »

    4 February 2017 · 4:11 pm

    Nearest Blockbuster to me is now a Jersey Mike’s Subs.

  3. fillyjonk »

    4 February 2017 · 5:16 pm

    We still have a local place, I can’t remember the name, but I still have a “membership card” from them.

  4. Jay »

    4 February 2017 · 5:51 pm

    … and the vape shops will soon morph into weed shops

  5. McG »

    4 February 2017 · 6:40 pm

    Most likely place to get a video in my town is the $2 bin at Little Giant where you can get blockbusters like “The Strange Doctor” or “Trekking to the Stars”.

  6. CGHill »

    4 February 2017 · 6:45 pm

    The nearest Walgreens has a RedBox — outside.

  7. fillyjonk »

    4 February 2017 · 7:51 pm

    Jay: I figure vape shops are just biding their time, waiting for national recreational legalization. So my town, if and when it happens, will have about five head shops, but no bookstore. (Sigh)

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