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Goodbye Blockbuster
Everything must go during Blockbusters giant liquidation sale, as the store prepares to shut its doors to the public on Oct. 25. - photo by CARA HALLAM / The Journal

The end of an era is quickly approaching as Blockbuster – Turlock’s last standing video rental store – prepares to close its doors for good.

On Oct. 25, the Turlock Blockbuster will finally shut down after having survived a slew of cuts as the company continues to close hundreds of its stores nationwide.

The Turlock Blockbuster survived a cut earlier this year in February, while other local Blockbuster stores in Modesto and Manteca saw their demise.

The store closures came after parent company Dish Network decided to close 200 Blockbuster stores in 2012, with 300 more planned for 2013. But on Aug. 6, Dish announced that only 350 Blockbusters would remain nationwide.

Company spokesperson Todd Hall announced earlier this year that the nationwide store closures would result in approximately 3,000 employee layoffs.

And while some Blockbuster stores across the nation are still alive and open for business, the company itself is moving towards online streaming, rental kiosks, and DVD-by-mail strategies to compete with companies such as Redbox and Netflix.

With the Turlock store closing, all movies, games and fixtures are 10 to 30 percent off during its liquidation sale that began earlier this week.

Blockbuster is located at 1401 Geer Road, and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.