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Video Store Closing an End of an Era

June 19, 2019 07:03 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Stores like it were once a centerpiece of our home entertainment.

But in the digital age, times have changed.

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“It's been here for 12 years exactly, this past Sunday," said Brittany Perry.

They outlasted the competition and kept us entertained for more hours than we could possibly count. But the curtain is about to fall on Austin's Family Video.

“Over the past year I've been constantly talking to my staff about how we're a video store in 2019. I haven't gotten any word that we're going to be shutting down in the next six months,” store manager Brittany Perry said. “So we've been kind of ready for this, but sooner than we expected."

The decision came from Highland Ventures, which owns Family Video. And it marks the end of an Austin era.

"There were 3 video rental stores, with Hollywood and Blockbuster,” Perry said. “But we outlasted them."

"I come here quite a bit looking for movies," said Monty Olson. Like Tom Cruise, he’s a Family Video regular. “I never rent, I buy. I have almost 1,900 DVDs right now."

The Austin Family Video store will close July 10 or 11.

“Dollar General's going to be coming in and taking over the building, and they can just offer more per month than we can make in revenue," Perry said. “A lot of people have been asking us, 'where do we go now that Family Video isn't going to be here."

As a farewell to the community, the store and its five employees are accepting donations, which will be used to buy movies for the Austin Public Library.

"We're definitely sad and devastated, but like I said, we were expecting it, so we're staying optimistic and positive. This is just our time, and we're just trying to keep a positive attitude and we're enjoying all the customers coming in and sharing the olden days stories."

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Dan Conradt

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