Blockbuster Feels The Economic Pinch

| March 21, 2009
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blockbuster-logoIn a move indicative of the declining economy, the local Blockbuster stores have shaved 15 hours off of their weekly hours.  While this reduction is being branded as “New Spring Hours”, you can rest assured that gone are the days of a late night movie run.

Old hours were Monday through Friday 10am to 11pm, Saturday 10am to midnight, and Sunday 10am to 11pm. The new hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 11pm, and Sunday from 11am to 9pm.

One wonders if it is the economy, the accessibililty of entertainment online or the impact of cable based entertainment. Blockbuster is not alone in the reduction of hours, recently AAA Mid-Atlantic also announced a reduction in operating hours to make ends meet.

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John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009. John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.
  • http://www.baltimorespectator.blogspot.com A.F. James MacArthur

    The root of Blockbusters trouble; one word: NetFlix. They were doing fine until innovation and it’s many followers and copy cats came along. Not much different from the newspaper business once the web was developed.

    Yes it’s painful, but change is all around. Embrace it, don’t fight it. Relax, ahhhhhh… doesn’t that feel better?

    A.F.James MacArthur

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  • http://www.sweethomeannapolis.com Jesse Barron

    A.F. James MacArthur stole my comment. I know, I know, he said it first!

    I was/am going to say: one word: NetFlix.

    If you know me by now, it never stops at one word though.

    There are so many cool things that you can do at home without walking through the front door. With Apple TV you can buy just about anything on iTunes and feed it through your TV.

    xBox 360 now has movie downloads. Although I haven’t tried it, I am pretty certain they’ve figured out how to stream it so you don’t have to buy, wait and play.

    What I still can’t figure out is why I am paying $4.99 for a pay-per-view movie. That right there is “convenience pricing.”

    Oh, I thought of two more words: Red Box. Or is that supposed to be one? You can get your Quarter Pounder with Cheese and a movie all at the same time. Heck, at some McDonalds they have the Red Box in the drive through line. They don’t even want you to bother working off the calories.

    Blockbuster thought they were so cool driving out the Mom and Pop video stores (which I always preferred). One more word: Karma.

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