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Family Video, the last video store chain in the U.S., is closing all 250 stores

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The Family Video store in Mattoon, Illinois, is shown in this September 2020 file photo. 

Family Video, the last video store chain in the country, is closing all 250 of its locations.

Parent company Highland Ventures made the announcement Tuesday. "While we have faced digital competition from Netflix and others for years, nothing has been as devastating to our business as COVID-19," the company said in a press release, according to the Toledo Blade.

The move comes after Family Video closed more than 200 stores last fall. The few that remained open will shut down for good once each store's inventory of DVDs, Blu-rays, video games, candy, popcorn and CBD products is sold. The last day to rent a movie is Wednesday.

The company's origins go back to 1978, when the first Video Movie Club, as it was known then, opened in Springfield, Illinois. At its peak, the chain had more than 750 stores. With locations concentrated largely in smaller cities and rural areas in the Midwest, Family Video outlasted rival Blockbuster Video by nearly a decade.

Teaming up with Marco's Pizza, also owned by Highland Ventures, to sell pies in more than 100 stores helped keep existing customers and attract new ones, too. So did the decision in 2018 to start selling CBD products after company president Keith Hoogland found success using a CBD balm to treat his tennis elbow.

FamilyVideo.com will continue to operate, selling movies, CBD products, T-shirts, memorabilia and more.


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