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.