Although we were there too early in the afternoon to get a drink.
Check out the Blockbusters NQ website for more information and opening times.
We're hoping to head inside for a look and a drink in the next few weeks...
We're big fans of video, videos stores, retail history and retro stuff and have been visiting and documenting the last remaining traces of the Blockbuster brand in the UK over the last few years. We've seen a number of the brand's shopfronts, signs and QuikDrop boxes. As well as some other video shops.
Blockbuster Video Stores
The first Blockbuster Video store opened in Dallas, Texas, USA in 1985.
At its peak in 2004 there were more than 9,000 stores around the world. 500+ of which were in the UK.
Blockbuster ceased operations in the UK in December 2013. At the start of that year there were 528 Blockbuster locations in the UK. The number dwindled until October when only 264 shops remained. The remaining stores closed on the 16th December.
There is now just one Blockbuster Video store left open. It's in Bend, Oregon, USA.
However, the UK's high streets, shopping precincts, malls and retail parks still hold traces of the brand. And we've been to most of them!
|The QuikDrop box at the former Blockbuster Video Express store in Failsworth, Manchester|
We've now visited 28 former Blockbuster Video stores since we found the remains of the Fallowfield shop.
- Abingdon, Oxfordshire
- Ashton, Bristol
- Barnsley, South Yorkshire
- Basingstoke, Hampshire
- Billingham, Teesside
- Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester
- Chester, Cheshire
- Chorley, Lancashire
- Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
- Colne, Lancashire
- Failsworth, Manchester
- Fallowfield, Manchester
- Felixstowe, Suffolk
- Filton, Bristol
- Great Moor, Stockport, Greater Manchester
- Hastings, East Sussex
- Leigh, Greater Manchester
- Luton, Bedfordshire
- Marple, Greater Manchester
- Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire
- Nuneaton, Warwickshire
- Oldham, Greater Manchester
- Prescot, Lancashire
- Shanklin, Isle of Wight
- Southampton, Hampshire
- Telford, Shropshire
- Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
- Wythenshawe, Manchester
We finally made it to Blockbusters NQ in Manchester last Thursday.
It was nice to have a drink in a 'video shop' speakeasy.
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