|Former Blockbuster Video in Buckhead|
Many have tweeted, commented and messaged me to do this post and after plenty of planning, research and a couple of Netflix rentals, here it is.
Blockbuster Video - Then and Now
At its peak, the video rental chain had over 4000 domestic stores and billions in sales. The first Blockbuster opened in Dallas, Texas in 1985. In 1994, at the height of its popularity and growing annually by leaps and bounds, Blockbuster was acquired by Viacom for over $8.4 billion. The chain continued to grow and expand, opening new locations seemingly daily, in every neighborhood and most of the time, in centers with a grocery anchor.
The company was blindsided by the emergence of mail order rentals like Netflix that emerged in the early 2000s. With competitors like Netflix offering both hard copy disks mailed to consumers as well as streaming media, Blockbuster started to see its sales nosedive by the late 2000s.
During the fall of 2010, the company announced it would file Chapter 11 bankruptcy and would close a significant number of stores. Dish Networks won a competitive auction for Blockbuster in the spring of 2011, and said they hoped to keep 500 locations open.
In its heyday, Blockbuster had nearly a hundred Atlanta area locations, today it has three.
According to the Blockbuster website, current active bricks & mortar Blockbuster stores are located in Alpharetta, Hiram and Norcross. Additionally, Blockbuster Express, a service similar to Redbox, is now independent of Blockbuster LLC and is actually managed by Redbox. Express kiosks are found mainly in and around drugstores, grocery stores and convenience stores, and certain other high traffic locations.
Many Atlanta area Blockbuster stores were formerly Turtle's Records and Tapes which as its name suggests, was a business that became troubled prior to the rise of Blockbuster.
Below is a list former Blockbuster Video locations I've compiled with what they are today --- The list is not exhaustive and may contain slightly outdated material, please comment and update as you see fit.
2161 LaVista Road (Toco Hill)- AAA Car Care Plus
3519 Northside Parkway - Smith Ace Hardware
2099 Peachtree Road (Was combo video and music) The Fresh Market
2140 Peachtree Road ( Relocation after move, minus music)
3655 Roswell Road (Tuxedo Festival) - Lotus Hair Artisans and FLIP Burger Boutique
882 Ponce de Leon Ave. - WellStreet Urgent Care
Dunwoody Club Dr. @ Mount Vernon Rd. (Chick-fil-A was rejected over drive-thru issues, may end up a bank)
2350 Spring Road - ?
2900 S. Cobb Drive ( nearly 21,000 s/f) -
2002 Howell Mill Road - demolished, now Chase Bank
2900 Delk Road - Vacant
4195 Roswell Road in Marietta - Advance Auto Parts
3870 North Druid Hills Road (Shamrock Plaza) Vacant prime corner space
2115 North Decatur Road - Petco
3983 LaVista Road (Northlake Festival) Uniform City and vacant
4363 Lawrenceville Highway Tucker (Cofer Crossing) T-Mobile and vacant
1575 Mount Vernon Road - WellStreet Urgent Care
1496 Buford Highway in Buford - Vacant as of my last visit
3875 Peachtree Road (Cherokee Plaza) - Big Peach Running Co./Canyon Burger
3944 Peachtree Road - Mattress Firm
2152 Johnson Ferry Road (Empty)
5920 Roswell Road - Egg Harbor Cafe
6660 Roswell Road - Wellstreet Urgent Care
1544 Piedmont Ave. (Ansley Mall) - Pet Supermarket
10945 State Bridge Road - WellStreet Urgent Care
3425 Cascade Road - Beauty & More + Papa John's Pizza
3479 Chamblee Tucker Road (Embry Village) Endcap and vavant
3466 Holcomb Bridge Road -
7878 Roswell Road - (The Shoppes at Morgan Falls) - Endcap and vacant
6525 Sugarloaf Parkway - Panera Bread
5885 Cumming Highway - (Sugar Hill Corner) Endcap and vacant
425 Sigman Road - Demolished and rebulit as freestanding CVS Pharmacy
Blockbuster Music aka Wherehouse Music
2099 Peachtree ( The Fresh Market)
Northlake Mall (Finish Line)
2146 Henderson Mill Road - Briarcliff Village ( Party City)
1057 Ponce de Leon Avenue (
1531 Piedmont Avenue ( multiple users? )
2980 Cobb Parkway #132 ( Multiple users? )
3625 Satellite Boulevard (Verizon Wireless)
Lenox Square ( taf - The Athletes Foot )
Perimeter Mall ( LOFT ? )
1496 Church Street ( Moe's and others )
Town Center at Cobb -
Movie Gallery, one of Blockbuster's main competitors, along with Hollywood Video has been reborn into MovieGallery.com, a movie blog.
What has become of your neighborhood Blockbuster?