Win 1, Lose 1
|Blockbuster store closing - Everything must go!|
There must be something special about where I live. Ever since Blockbuser declared bankruptcy late last year, I've been wondering where they'd start closing their stores. Today, as I was headed over to a local Office Depot, I passed the one lone Blockbuster in the area, and as fate would have it, it was closing.
|Liquor store with new liquor sign.|
Of course, I should be happy; while we've lost a Blockbuster, we've gained our old Albertsons liquor store back. The Albertsons and the Blockbuster stare at one another across a shared parking lot. So instead of picking up a movie and a pizza, I can pick up my favorite distilled take-home beverage to go with my take-home pizza and watch my Netflix movies via my Wii on my Samsung digital TV. What progress!
|Alberstons totally closed, January 2009|
As you can see above, the entire Albertons was completely closed, including the liquor store.
This small shopping mall isn't a stranger to store closings. That Office Depot I was headed to sits where Goodings, the original grocery store in this area, first opened. Office Depot split the square footage with another store, Home Goods. And there's been a string of smaller stores that have folded and changed in this mall; some still sit empty. It's a true microcosm of what's been happening all over Orlando. And we're actually luckier than many other areas.