Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota's Video Store Era Comes to an End: Last Remaining Store to Close Soon.

Ash Jurberg

The Minnesota video store which outlasted Blockbuster will close next month after extending its closing date.

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It's the end of an era in Minnesota with the last remaining video store in the state set to close soon.

Video Universe, located in Minneapolis has been open for almost forty years and sells VHS tapes, DVDs, and Blu-rays.

But in good news for Minneapolis residents the store has extended the closing date out by a month. Originally scheduled to close on Wednesday, May 31, the owner this week announced it will now remain open until June 30.

The store is like a trip down memory lane when before streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon, people would visit their local video store to rent the latest movie.

Video Universe has even kept the cost of candy at the same price- just twenty-five cents.

According to a report, "the store is closing because the owner, [Keith Prost] is ready to retire, and couldn't find another buyer to continue operations."

Since announcing the store's closure earlier this year many long-term customers have come in to share their memories and say goodbye.

"It does get sad. People come in crying...People would be at the 'new release' wall, talking about sports, while their kids were running around and picking movies. You get to have ongoing relationships with customers. You see their kids growing up." Video Universe owner, Keith Prost
Video had its day in the sun, I guess. We'll be turning the lights off on this business, pretty much. Turning the lights out on video rental in this state." Video Universe owner, Keith Prost

Video Universe

4114 Lakeland Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55422

Closing Date Friday, June 30

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