Remaining Blockbuster stores in Iowa will close this spring as part of a move to shutter hundreds of the video rental shops across the nation.
Among those closing is the last Quad-City store, located at 2930 W. Locust St., Davenport, store manager Katie Wulf said Monday.
Wulf said the store’s last day will be April 7.
“The store has been here since 1997,” she said. “I have been with the company 21 years.”
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reported that stores in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City and Muscatine will close in April, ending a 20-year presence in Iowa.
The decision follows an announcement in January by Dish Network Corp. that it would close about 300 Blockbuster stores across the country and lay off about 3,000 employees.
Colorado-based Dish Network bought the then-bankrupt video rental chain for $320 million in 2011. It also closed about 500 under-performing Blockbuster locations last year.
Blockbuster has been struggling as it faces competition from DVD rental kiosks, mail order rentals and video streaming.
The last remaining Blockbuster store in the Illinois Quad-Cities — in Moline’s Olde Towne district — closed in April 2012.
Wulf said the Davenport is selling movies and other items, such as headphones, remote controls and stuffed toys. They also are selling everything in the store, including fixtures, shelving, tables, cabinets, wooden desks and televisions, she added.
She remembers the loyal customers.
“We are going to miss them. They become part of our family.”