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Chews Landing Rd. Blockbuster Closing

The Gloucester Township location is part of a huge wave of Blockbuster closings nationwide this year.

Gloucester Township’s second Blockbuster Video will shut its doors, a victim of massive corporate downsizing—and a world where DVDs are quickly going the way of 8-tracks.

The Chews Landing Road Blockbuster will close its doors for good on March 24. The branch is having a storewide sale now on its remaining stock, plus shelving and fixtures.

Blockbuster announced in January that it would close 300 stores nationwide, laying off about 3,000 people. The shuttered stores account for more than one-third of the nation’s total Blockbuster branches.

The Gloucester Township branch, at 1238 Chews Landing Rd., is the second to close in town, after the Sicklerville branch on Cross Keys Road.

The soon-to-be closed store shares a building with Dunkin’ Donuts, but that end of the Marketplace shopping center is getting lonely. Ace Hardware packed up its tools in 2011; Checkers left the next year.

But anyone on the hunt for cheap DVDs is in luck. Almost the entire stock is on sale, with the vast majority of DVDs priced at $4.99 and full television seasons at $12.99 for pre-viewed items. New items are 40 percent off in most cases.

Almost everything else in the store is also on sale, include half-off candy and food items, and deals on shelving, displays and more.

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Debbie Shinn March 05, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Sad, I lived in that neighborhood for years, just after all that commerce was finshed. Thriftway, Full Ho, Philomena's (orginal), the put-put course. Just sad. Maybe some space in the parking lot can be set aside for a Saturday or Sunday flea market. At least till the empty stores can be filled. There remain really nice businesses, the aquarium store, the new liquor store has a wonderful wine section and carries the NJ local brands. Dunkin Donuts remains my favorite. Doors close, doors open but it is still sad. Blockbuster has been there a good while.
Carol Venuto-Rebbecchi March 05, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Taxes are to high!
Joe March 05, 2013 at 07:27 PM
How's all this hope and change working out? I just hope there will be change.
Margaret Anderson March 06, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Good one, Joe {:>)
Angie Jones March 06, 2013 at 03:04 PM
I am actually amazed Blockbuster stayed open this long. Who still shleps to the video store? Between Netflix and onDemand, Hulu etc. you can get the same movies cheaper and faster and with no late fees! I don't blame the economy or the township for this one. This one is simply a sign of the times. Businesses can't stay open if no one is patronizing them!
Lisa Nuzzo March 06, 2013 at 03:25 PM
It's a new era of netflix, redbox and on demand....it's a shame but due to technology, people are lazy and want everything at their fingertips. Netflix is the most popular in my house. My kids pay a fee online monthly and the movies come to them. I personally feel that this is also another reason people are losing their ability to communicate. I always liked browsing thru the "movie store" with my kids discussing movies as you are looking for one. Same with libraries...everyone sits at home now buying and communicating thru their computers. I am glad my kids and I have not lost communication with each other but it's with the outside world that I'm concerned about...
Angie Jones March 07, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Exactly. It's evolving technology that is to blame though. Not the Obama administration.
Nancy March 20, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Did I miss something, no one in the comments blamed Obama administration for Block Buster closing!!!
Paul J. DiBartolo March 20, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Well gee, Nancy, thanks for pointing that out. Think about this...a local semi-fast-food eatery that employs my youngest child just informed its employees that it was going to have to cut hours and was holding a job fair to hire more employees. The reason was because ObamaCare was forcing them to provide healthcare to any employee working over some amount of hours less than 40 hours. It's obvious that the restaurant could not operate at the same level with the increased costs. So, what to do? Raise prices...that doesn't sit well with consumers and drives customers elsewhere. Cut employee hours by hiring more employees to fill the same amount of time that was filled by fewer. That'll do it but we won't say it was Obama's fault. So, what's the first step on the road to unemployment? Underemployment. BTW, my employer issued me a corrected W2 this year. The reason was because of one item that does not change my tax liability. It was under item 12 and declares how much my health plan is worth (they happened to under-report it and had to reissue a corrected W2). Now, years ago this information was not included on the W2. Why is it you think the government needs to know how much my healthcare plan is worth? Give up? I guarantee you that you will soon see a tax on healthcare benefits added to our tax liability all brought about by ObamaCare. But, again, I'm not blaming Obama.
Nancy Miller March 20, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Well said Paul.....

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