A look at the remains of the Blockbuster Video store in Fallowfield.
|A look at what's left of Blockbuster Video on Fallowfield Retail Park|
A few years ago I blogged about seeing the last signs of the Tandy in Hitchen and how it brought back memories of my first job as a Saturday Boy at a Tandy franchise in my home town.
While in Manchester today I found remnants of another dead brand - Blockbuster Video.
|Oh, what happened to this sign?|
|Dark clouds gathered over the brand in 2013|
The store sign is prominently displayed on both sides of the main sign at Fallowfield Retail Park and the windows of the shop still retain Blockbuster signage.
|A sign in the shop window|
Most of the shelves inside have been removed, but the walls and desks clearly retain the brand colours of Blockbuster.
|These window graphics still look fresh|
|Clearly still recognisable as a Blockbuster|
|The shelves are bare|
There is currently one independently owned franchise still operating as Blockbuster in the USA and you can find it in Bend, Oregon.
|Quik Drop box to nowhere|
A documentary about the rise and fall of the brand called The Last Blockbuster is coming soon.
Interestingly you can play through a 'Blockbuster' store at the Ghetto Golf indoor miniature golf course at The Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham.
|The Blockbuster hole at Ghetto Golf in Birmingham|
When I was a student I was one of Geoffrey's Helpers at Toys R Us. Most of the former stores have been converted into new stores, Stockport's is now The Range. I wonder if any of the old signage for the Toys R Us brand will still be visible in the next 5-10 years?
Do you have a favourite defunct brand? Are the remains of an old brand still visible near where you live or work? Do let me know.
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- Remembering Tandy
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