Some residents of Greensborough and its surrounding suburbs are currently reeling as the harsh reality of a post-Blockbuster existence sinks in. As reported in September last year, the local Blockbuster video store was said to be closing for some time, and is now officially gone as the premises have been sadly vacated and all signage has been removed.
Described by some as the only remaining Blockbuster franchise in Australia, the store was a victim of a modern world where people can access movies and television series online, rather than attend a physical store to purchase an array of items that had to be returned within a set time limit. While that was good news for the raft of people who’d found themselves on no borrow lists due to poor returning behaviour, some local residents are now claiming that a life without Blockbuster is a life not worth living.
One such disconsolate resident, Barbara Stevenson, told The Watsonia Bugle, “It’s all very sad if you ask me. A terrible turn of events. I still can’t believe it’s gone. I mean, I bought up big at the closing down sale, but what happens if I want to watch a couple of new releases? Everyone keeps telling me to try the Netflix or some other streaming service, whatever that means. And then people say that ‘Netflix and chilling’ can be quite fun. But none of it makes any sense to me. I just don’t think I can do it. I miss Blockbuster so much.”