After an innings of almost 35 years, Network Video in Mt Hawthorn just can’t hold on anymore.
Less than a year after the last Blockbuster store, located in Morley, closed down, Network Video has buckled under “the age of convenience” pressures… and rent hikes.
On Saturday, Network Video owner Melanie McInerney made the announcement “with unbearable sadness.”
“Network Video Mount Hawthorn has survived just a few months shy of 35 years in the Mount Hawthorn Shopping centre, with the last (almost) 8 years being under my ownership,” she wrote.
“Unfortunately, the store can no longer support itself and with the failure to find a new suitable premises, I have decided to close the store at the end of February 2020.
“In 2012 when I purchased this business, my rent was almost 50% less than it is now, and this has been a significant impact. But if we are going to blame someone, then we must be honest, and the main killer has been the internet and the age of convenience.”
Ms McInerney told The West that the store had survived for so long in part because of a small but loyal customer base.
She followed the announcement up on Sunday with a “thank you for all the messages of love” and a melancholy “we made the news unfortunately for the wrong reasons.”
Just two Perth video shops remain in wild – Titan Movies and Pop Culture in Malaga and Fan Base Collectables in White Gum Valley.