A Blockbuster store in Davenport is one of five remaining stores in Iowa that will close this spring as part of a move to close hundreds of the video rental shops across the nation.
Stores in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Muscatine, as well as the one at 2930 W. Locust St., will close in April, ending a 20-year presence in Iowa.
In April 2012, the last Blockbuster store in the Illinois Quad-Cities — at 721 19th Ave., Moline — closed its doors.
The video rental chain was acquired in 2011 by Dish Network Corp. after Dish submitted the winning bid in Blockbuster’s bankruptcy court auction. Colorado-based Dish Network bought the video rental chain for $320 million. It also closed about 500 underperforming Blockbuster locations last year.
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Blockbuster has been struggling as it faces competition from DVD rental kiosks, mail order rentals and video streaming.