Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, marked an end of the home movie rental era as Family Video announced that its closing all of its stores.
In West Michigan, Family Video still had stores in Kalamazoo, Wyoming, South Haven, Niles, Muskegon, Marshall, Kentwood, Jenison, Ionia, Howell, Holland, Grand Rapids, Coldwater, and Battle Creek.
"We are very thankful to have been able to provide entertainment for many family movie nights and want to thank the people of Toledo and our incredible staff for the many years of support and service,” said Keith Hoogland, CEO of Highland Ventures Ltd.
Stores would close once all items are sold.
"Everything must go, video games, movies, fixtures, TVs, DVD players; everything," Michelle Jessen, Kalamazoo Family Video store manager, said.
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The Family Video on Gull Road in Kalamazoo was preparing for a going-out-of-business sale.
Jessen said it was very hard thing and the end of an era.
She said she had to call some customers to give them the bad news, but had some advice for those who want to find a good deal.
"Stuff is falling off the shelves, people are buying in stacks so if you have something you are specifically looking for give me a call. I'll see if we have and we can hold it for you for maybe an hour, but get here and get it now, because once it’s gone, it’s gone," Jessen said.
She said the Family Video in Kalamazoo would be open until Feb. 28. The store would be open from noon to 8 p.m. every day. To contact them call 269-381-5908 or visit the Facebook page.
FamilyVideo.com would remain open to sell movies, CBD products, T-shirts, memorabilia and more online.
Properties would still be available for lease. Those interested can can visit LegacyPro.com to see all available properties or call 847-904-9200.
"So, come see us while we’re still here, come say goodbye," Jessen said.