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Blockbuster in Ellisville to Close in March

Dish Network is closing nine of 16 Blockbusters in the St. Louis area.

Dish Network Corp, which owns Blockbuster, plans to close nine stores in the St. Louis area this spring, including one in Ellisville. 

The Ellisville Blockbuster location, at Manchester and Clarkson roads, will close March 24. 

The closures are part of an announced plan to close 300 stores across the country. According to a story in the Denver Post, the closures include stores which were underperforming or were near the end of their leases. 

About 500 Blockbuster stores were closed last year including 10 of 26 locations in St. Louis area, according to a story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This round of closures will leave just seven stores in St. Louis. 

Most locations slated to close have stopped renting movies and have begun the liquidation process. Many are slated to close on March 24, others in the first week of April. 

Prices on older movies are $9.99 this week. New movies are priced between $9.99 and $14.99. The store is offering 10 percent off new DVDs and Blu-Rays and 20 percent off of games. Fixtures will also be sold, according to an employee at the St. Peters location. 

Stores closing:

  • Jungermann/Wilott in St. Peters: Closes March 24.
  • West Florissant in Florissant: Closes March 24.
  • Manchester/Clarkson in Ellisville: Closes March 24.
  • Manchester/Woods Mill Road in Manchester: Closes March 24.
  • Gravois/High Ridge Blvd. in High Ridge: Renting until Feb. 9, closes April 7.
  • Vogel/Richardson in Arnold: Renting until Feb. 9, closes April 8. 
  • Kennerly and Tesson Ferry in St. Louis: Closes March 24.
  • Highway 159/Glen Carbon in Glen Carbon, IL: Closes Feb. 17.
  • Regency/Highway 50 in O'Fallon, IL: Renting until Feb. 9, loses first week of April

Stores Staying Open:

  • Watson Road in Webster Groves
  • Gravois/McKenzie in St. Louis
  • Chippewa/Jameson in St. Louis
  • Dorsett/McKelvey in Maryland Heights
  • Festus Center Drive/Highway 67 in Festus
  • Pearce/Wentzville Parkway in Wentzville 
  • Center/Homer Adams in Alton, IL
Mike K February 13, 2013 at 12:43 AM
So how does that happen, exactly, Amy? Just asking. City Council and annual renewal of contract? Petition? I seem to remember something about Mr. Bookout's contract expiring this or next year, and he was wanting to fill out his parachute with backdating additional vacation and sick days that he didn't take to puff up the cash out at the end of the contract, if I recall. So is it a matter of waiting out his contract? What are the costs involved for a candidate search for a replacement? For the time the city is without those positions filled if that happens? What's the penalty for terminating his contract without cause? I'm pretty sure that to exercise the "with cause" portion of the contract has a pretty high burden of malfeasance (which is different than "I would do things differently" or because factors beyond his control occurred (i.e. the economy tanking). Like I said, just asking what would be the plan/means to replace Mr. Bookout and Ms. Hood? And would we get a better replacement, if so?
E. Schmidt February 13, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Big Mike K, you wrote: >>>@Caf - It doesn't matter. It's not the mayor's job to be a developer or win the title of biggest TIF-ho in the county. >>>That's a property developer's job. However, if their business model just doesn't work without TIF, then maybe they are in the wrong business.<<< Agreed. But, you have to remember that property owners jack-up their asking prices because they know there is a possibility that developers can get TIF When municipalities say "NO" to TIF, the cost of commercial property will come down in their area (and even area wide) and any given developer's numbers might work. There would likely be more commercial development without TIF...that's what everyone is holding out for where new construction is concerned. All TIF does is support artificially inflated asking prices for owners and out-of-wack claims that a developer can't do a project without it.
E. Schmidt February 13, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Forgot to add that TIF supports inflationary fraudulent property prices...and everyone seems happy with it because they're not paying for it...with the exception of the taxpayers who are forced to subsidize the fraud. And our own little group of "inflationary fraudsters" are busy at work again on the next TIF next door to Walmart.
Mike K February 13, 2013 at 06:49 PM
@Ex Ellisville Resident: Why would you offer TIF for "upgrades" to a retailer(Kmart) who potentially won't survive the next year? Sorry about the delay. I wasn't talking about offering TIF *now*, I was wondering why Kmart didn't think of using a TIF to spiff up their store before Walmart sucked all the air out of the room. Walmart doesn't generally significantly increase the retail activity in a given area. They locate where they do precisely to capture what they think is viable enough to support their store from the existing economic retail activity. They certainly don't locate to create a "destination" in any way. The new outlets going up in the valley? Those are being developed to leverage nearby activity, but their main purpose is to create a new destination for spending money, not take existing spending away from neighboring retail businesses. That is the difference between the valley developments and this Walmart development. A similar argument could be made (somewhat less effectively, though) for Manchester Highlands. However Walmart was displacing their own store down the road in Des Peres, as did Best Buy with their Ellisville store. I say somewhat less effectively for Manchester Highlands, because I'm sure the GameStop across the street feels the pain of having BB and WM as neighbors. In the valley, there was no existing economic activity that was being displaced.
Mike K February 13, 2013 at 06:55 PM
I don't have a problem with TIF conceptually. It is a tool that can be effectively used to create entirely new economic activity where none existed before. Just as thoughtful use of eminent domain can. The problem is that both are too often treated as a "golden hammer" and their benefits to the community have been usurped by developers and property owners to their benefit by falsely claiming they just can't make the project work without it and it has been "baked into" their business model. Not much different than the Cardinals and their "Ballpark Village" or the Rams and the $700 Million dome upgrade. They're businesses at the end of the day. it is not a community's purpose to guarantee profitability to local businesses under the false color of the "too big to fail" argument.

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