Family Video to close its Parsons store

The last remaining video store in Parsons will close by the end of the year.

Already, Family Video, 2230 Main St., has quit renting movies and games, and those, along with everything else from CBD to candy and even the racks that hold DVDs, will be sold between now and the closing date.

Store manager Elizabeth, who asked that the Sun only use her first name, said the store is scheduled to be closed on Dec. 22. Closing day could be pushed up if everything is sold before then.

Prices on CBD and candy have been slashed, and likely will be again as the closing date nears if it’s not sold. The same is true for all of the movies and games.

The store will be open from noon to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

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According to a statement from Family Video’s corporate office, 250 stores across the Midwest will remain in business.

The New York Post reported recently that the Family Video chain had 700 stores last year. That number had been cut to 300. Brand manager Derek Dye said as many as 60 more locations would shut down by the end of 2020. He cited the pandemic as a reason stores were struggling.

According to the Post, stay-at-home orders drove up demand for movies at home, but Family Video didn’t have curbside pickup and lost customers to Redbox. Many more people became accustomed to streaming movies. The movie production companies also quit making new films, trickling down to a lack of new movies available for rent.

Family Video opened in its current location in Parsons in 2004. The location is for lease or purchase.

Family Video proclaims itself as the last standing brick-and-mortar movie rental store chain.

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