TUPELO – The Hollywood Video store on West Main is now closed.
A sign on the door advises customers that the store closed permanently on Sunday. The sign also thanks customers for their patronage and says the company is “sorry for any inconvenience.”
Hollywood Video is owned by Dothan, Ala.-based Movie Gallery Inc., which is the second largest movie rental chain after Blockbuster. The company owns Movie Gallery, Hollywood Video and Game Crazy.
Efforts to contact company officials were unsuccessful Tuesday.
Since 2006, the company has filed for bankruptcy and closed almost 1,000 stores. It emerged from bankruptcy in May 2008, but has been sporadically closing stores since.
A hotline has been set up for customers who had accounts at the stores the company closes. A representative on the hotline is advising customers that they can use store credits or gift cards at other Movie Gallery or Hollywood Video locations.
As of Tuesday at 5 p.m., the company had nine locations open in Northeast Mississippi. Movie Gallery stores were open in Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Booneville, Fulton, Houston, New Albany, Pontotoc and Ripley.
The video rental business overall has been going through as period of change as brick-and-mortar stores look to find ways compete with Netflix, Redbox, on-demand services through cable TV and other Internet-based rental services.
Earlier this year, Tupelo-based Southern Video closed its three stores in Tupelo and Ripley, citing several reasons, including a changing movie rental industry. The company had been in business for 25 years.
Now with Hollywood’s closure, the Blockbuster store on South Gloster is the last major video rental business in Tupelo.
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hollywood Video Hotline Number: (877) 244-6684
Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal