Dish Network Corp, which owns Blockbuster, plans to close nine stores in the St. Louis area this spring--though the location in Webster Groves at Watson Road and Elm will remain intact.
The closures are part of an announced plan to close 300 stores across the country. According to a story in the Denver Post, the closures include stores which were underperforming or were near the end of their leases.
About 500 Blockbuster stores were closed last year including 10 of 26 locations in St. Louis area, according to a story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This round of closures will leave just seven stores in St. Louis.
Most locations slated to close have stopped renting movies and have begun the liquidation process. Many are slated to close on March 24, others in the first week of April.
Prices on older movies are $9.99 this week. New movies are priced between $9.99 and $14.99. The store is offering 10 percent off new DVDs and Blu-Rays and 20 percent off of games. Fixtures will also be sold, according to an employee at the St. Peters location.
- Jungermann/Wilott in St. Peters: Closes March 24.
- West Florissant in Florissant: Closes March 24.
- Manchester/Clarkson in Ellisville: Closes March 24.
- Manchester/Woods Mill Road in Manchester: Closes March 24.
- Gravois/High Ridge Blvd. in High Ridge: Renting until Feb. 9, closes April 7.
- Vogel/Richardson in Arnold: Renting until Feb. 9, closes April 8.
- Kennerly and Tesson Ferry in St. Louis: Closes March 24.
- Highway 159/Glen Carbon in Glen Carbon, IL: Closes Feb. 17.
- Regency/Highway 50 in O'Fallon, IL: Renting until Feb. 9, loses first week of April
Stores Staying Open:
- Watson Road in Webster Groves
- Gravois/McKenzie in St. Louis
- Chippewa/Jameson in St. Louis
- Dorsett/McKelvey in Maryland Heights
- Festus Center Drive/Highway 67 in Festus
- Pearce/Wentzville Parkway in Wentzville
- Center/Homer Adams in Alton, IL