Any Love Lost for Milford's Last Video Store?

With the closing of the Blockbuster Video on Cherry Street, there are no more video stores in Milford. With so many other ways to watch movies, do you care? And what business should fill Blockbuster's vacant space?


What a shame? Or good riddance? While we can all agree that --and to a much lesser extent, --are elements of a great community, what about a nice video store? Or any video store for that matter?

Video Plaza, Video Hut, Tommy K's: They're all long gone. The story used to be that independent video stores couldn't compete with the global chain of Blockbuster Video. But now, Blockbuster has lost at its own game to greater competitors in the home viewing marketplace.

Local Voices contributor  recently mourned . Do you join him in this feeling? Or are you glad to be done with all of those late fees? Are Redbox, Netflix, and the myriad of On Demand and Streaming content just as good or do you miss the personal experience of a video store? 

In this week's Visions for Vacancies, we pose two questions: What should replace Blockbuster Video on Cherry Street and are you even a little bit sad that Blockbuster isn't there anymore?

jungis4545 June 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Is this all the Milford Patch going to be, questions about what to do with vacant buildings and poll after poll after poll on the best this or that? I thoughtr the Patch was about news. Silly me.
Starla June 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Industries come and go. Like the VCR, video cassette, music cassette, celluloid film cameras, brick and mortar video stores had their heyday and now their time was up. Using Netflix online menu to pick a movie is just so much more convenient. I don't have to make a trip to the store, using more gasoline, I don't have to remember or bother for that matter to return the movie.
WJB June 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I think there should be a subsidized 12 Step Club put in there. It would help a lot of people from all walks of life. Centrally located with plenty of parking and meetings around the clock. AA (Alcoholics Anonomous), CA (Cocaine Anonomous), NA (Narcotics Anonomous, OA (Overeaters Anonomous) and GA (Gamblers Anonomous) to name a few.
arkay June 18, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Subsidized by who? Taxpayers? Aren't there enough churches and other gathering spaces in town for that? No love for Blockbuster. They put a lot of indie video stores out of business in the 90's. That was sad, this isn't.
Lynn Viesti Berube June 18, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I like the polls and questions. That is one of the things that sets an on-line newspaper apart from print. I say keep them coming. Anyone who doesn't want to participate, doesn't have to.
Ryan Sartor (Editor) June 18, 2012 at 02:42 PM
"Kim Henderson-Gravel: "How about a White Castle???" Carol Hughes: "I don't miss it as I never went there. Not sure what I think should go there." Woodbury-Middlebury Patch: "Used bookstore!"" - Comments left on the Milford Patch Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MilfordCTPatch
arkay June 18, 2012 at 05:39 PM
That would make a good Trailblazer or REI, although the spot next to Harrison's would be better. :)
arkay June 18, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Matthew Lisk June 19, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I think Milford needs a homebrew beer/wine supply shop.
arkay June 20, 2012 at 02:07 AM
That would be cool.
Mark Zona July 09, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Laser Tag arena...


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