Last Blockbuster Store to Close in Months Parent Dish Network shutting last 300 in US By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Nov 6, 2013 1:32 PM CST 16 comments Comments Soon, no more of these will be around anywhere. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) (Newser) – About a decade ago, Blockbuster had 9,000 stores at a time when video streaming was more concept than reality. By early January, the last 300 remaining Blockbuster stores in the US will close for good, reports Mashable. Parent Dish Network will keep the Blockbuster name alive in its own streaming services, but the brick-and-mortar element of the franchise will be done, as will its DVD-by-mail service, reports Bloomberg. “This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment,” says Dish CEO Joseph Clayton.