A Map Of Zombie Blockbusters That Will Still Exist When The Rest Of Them Shutdown

DISH Network announced Wednesday it was closing its remaining 300 stores. There are, however, about 50 franchise locations that could remain open even after Blockbuster dies. This is where they are.

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DISH announced Wednesday it would be closing it's 300 remaining Blockbuster stores, but there are still about 50 franchise locations that will not necessarily be closing.

Blockbuster customers in Alaska and southern Texas, for example, will still be able to rent videos, said Alan Payne, who owns the franchise locations there.

"We're operating independently," he said. "We have no plans to shut down."

Payne said he doesn't expect much of a change in how he runs his stores, because corporate interaction has always been minimal.

DISH, which purchased Blockbuster in 2011 for $322 million after making the winning bid for the chain in a bankruptcy court auction, is currently in the process of coming to a licensing agreement with the franchises, Payne said.

A DISH spokesperson said the company did not have a list of the franchise locations, however, according to calls made to stores and owners of stores in the following towns, these are the where they are located:

Alaska

Anchorage

Eagle River

Fairbanks

Juneau

Indiana

Delphi

DeMotte

Knox

Monticello

Rensselaer

Rochester

Kentucky

Russell Springs

Somerset

Minnesota

Bemidji

North Dakota

Grand Forks

Oregon

Bend

Madras

Redmond

Tennessee

Selmer

Texas

Brownsville

Edinburg

El Paso

Harlingen

McAllen

Mission

Weslaco

Note: Some towns have more than one franchise Blockbuster location.

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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