Blockbuster to close video rental stores in Ann Arbor and Saline
Blockbuster plans to close at least two local stores, further diminishing the Ann Arbor area's stand-alone video rental store options.
Photo courtesy of Blockbuster
It was not immediately clear whether the stores on Main Street in Chelsea or Ellsworth Road in Ypsilanti Township were affected by the decision.
Local store managers referred questions to a district manager who declined to comment and directed inquiries to a corporate media relations department, which did not respond to requests.
Blockbuster has closed several local stores in recent years, including one on Jackson Road and one on Plymouth Road.
The company had announced in July that it would maintain more than 1,500 stores and 15,000 employees.
In the Ann Arbor area, Blockbuster plans to close:
--The store at Woodland Plaza at the corner of Main Street and Ann Arbor-Saline Road, a shopping center that also includes a Busch's grocery store. An owner of the complex could not be reached for comment.
--The store in the same shopping center as the Country Market store on Saline's east side. The complex, called the Commons at Sauk Trail, also recently lost the Fashion Bug clothing store, Pack & Mail, the Flaming Shish restaurant and the Dollar Tree, which moved across the street. A resale shop run by Washtenaw Christian Academy opened in one of the vacant spaces.
A real estate broker representing the Commons at Sauk Trail could not be reached for comment.
A listing by brokerage CB Richard Ellis is marketing 17,700 square feet of empty space in the facility at $12 per square foot per year.
The other leading video chain in Washtenaw County was Hollywood Video, which closed its last local store in spring 2010.