ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Blockbuster
LLC on Wednesday announced it is ending its retail and by-mail
DVD distribution by early January and will close the approximate
300 remaining U.S. retail stores and its distribution centers.
Englewood, Colo.-based Blockbuster has three retail stores
around Milwaukee including: 4108 N. Oakloand Ave. in Shorewood,
2300 E. Layton Ave. in St. Francis, and 4285 S. 76th St. in
"This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly
moving to digital distribution of video entertainment," said
Joseph Clayton, DISH president and chief executive officer.
The Blockbuster By Mail service will stop in mid-December, owner
Dish Network Corp. said in a statement. DISH will retain
licensing rights to the Blockbuster brand, and key assets,
including the company’s video library.