Ellicott City Blockbuster Closed, More Closures to Come

The 28-year-old chain continues to struggle.

Blockbuster, the brick and mortar video store that has struggled in recent years amid competition from other video rental services, such as Redbox and Netflix, is warning that it will be closing more of its unprofitable stores.

Blockbuster, owned by Dish Network, plans to close “hundreds of stores in the coming weeks,” also, cutting jobs, according to a CNN Money article. But a Dish Network spokesman would not say which stores would be closing.  

According to the Christian Science Monitor, 300 Blockbuster stores across the country will close, with a loss of about 3,000 employees.

Blockbuster has already left parts of Maryland, recently closing its final Ellicott City location and, last year, its Eldersburg store, the last remaining in Carroll County.

Blockbuster does not operate any kiosks in Ellicott City, but there are a handfull around Howard County,  including:

  • Food Lion: 5896 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia
  • Food Lion: 6551 Waterloo Road in Elkridge
  • Food Lionb: 705 Lisbon Center Drive in Woodbine

The first Blockbuster opened in Texas in 1985. With some 4,000 stores at its peak, it was once the leader in the video rental space, and the place to go to pick up new releases as well as classic movies, at a fraction of what it would cost to see them at a cinema, according to a Patch article.


cathy eshmont January 24, 2013 at 02:42 PM
There's still a Blockbuster in Columbia, right? I was just there -- after the Ellicott City location had closed. Also, what happened with the repurposing of the former gas station at the corner of St John's Lane and Route 40 (Mars shopping center)? Patch reported a long time ago that Chipotle was coming but seems like any new tenant would have moved in by now.
Brandie Jefferson January 24, 2013 at 03:06 PM
I need to check in on that intersection. The last I'd heard, everything was go from the county's end, but Chipotle hadn't made its next move. I'll call today. The Dobbin Road Blockbuster is still there, I believe. Dish Network won't give a list of which stores they're planning to close.
Winston January 24, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Do you know what is happening with the old 84 Lumber site near Rt 40 and Bethany Lane? I heard a Sonic was going there.
Nicholas Aleshin January 25, 2013 at 01:10 AM
If Blockbuster opened in 1985, how can they be 58 years old?
Brandie Jefferson January 25, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Good question, Nicholas ... Fixed. Thanks!


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