Alaska video store becomes one of last holdouts to close

    Bethel, Alaska. Photo courtesy of Bethel Chamber of Commerce.

    BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska video store that held on for years longer than most of its contemporaries has succumbed to economic pressure and rolled the final credits on its 35-year story.

    KYUK-AM reports that Video World in Bethel closed on Jan. 10. The small business slowed to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic despite its continued will to survive in the Bethel Native Corporation building since 1986.

    Owner Jenny Soo says the video sales industry has been on the way out because of the popularity of online streaming, even in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta where she says the cost of high-speed internet service is prohibitive.



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