Blockbuster video shutdown impacts Kelowna store
Customers of the Blockbuster on Harvey Avenue need to find a new place to rent videos as of June, as the shop was included in a nationwide shutdown announced earlier this week.
Grant Thornton Ltd, the receiver tasked with selling Blockbuster Canada, released a list of 146 stores that will close. Only one Kelowna shop was on the chopping block.
The other two in Rutland and the Mission survived the B.C. cull, as did other Blockbusters in neighbouring Okanagan cities. In fact, Kelowna is the only Interior city to lose a store.
In addition to the 26 B.C. stores, 66 in Ontario, 19 in Quebec, 15 in Alberta, 11 in Manitoba, five in Nova Scotia, three in New Brunswick and one in Prince Edward Island will close.
“As part of the consolidation process, Blockbuster Canada Co. will be conducting a clearance sale for a large portion of its movies and games inventory at savings of at least 30 per cent off regular prices. Clearance sales will be conducted at the stores being closed,” said a Thornton rep, noting that interest in the rest of the shops “remains strong.”