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Signs in the window announce the closure to customers.

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: It’s official –  Brooklyn’s last Blockbuster, located at 6906 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst, is closing its doors as the franchise continues its retreat from brick-and-mortar storefronts.

Lights out at Blockbuster on 18th Avenue.

The store will permanently shut its doors April 7, and this week kicked off a store-wide sale on movies, video games and miscellaneous items. Signs inside the location note that even the furniture and equipment are for sale in a business liquidation that seems to leave nothing off the table.

The storefront became the last location in the borough – and one of the last in the city – after the 3752 Nostrand Avenue location in Sheepshead Bay shuttered almost exactly a year ago.

At its peak, Blockbuster had more than 4,000 stores across the nation, with hundreds in New York City. But facing financial trouble, in part because of digital competitors and management issues, the company declared bankruptcy in 2010 and was acquired by Dish Network, which announced in 2011 that they would only keep 500 storefronts open throughout the country.

Keep reading to find out more about the closure, and how customers are reacting.

Photo Credit: trebomb via Flickr

During the last days of Rome, there came a point when the emperor and his generals decided it would be prudent to recall their military installations from the farthest reaches of the realm.

Similarly, the once mighty retail empire of Blockbuster is falling – besieged not by invading hordes streaming across the Rubicon, but rather by streaming movies on demand at home.

After closing their Sheepshead Bay location on Nostrand Avenue, the final Brooklyn outpost of the ebbing brick and mortar chain happens to be right here in Bensonhurst. Continue Reading »