Thursday, May 31, 2007

Video Library Liquidation Begins!!!

The clearing prices out of the gate are:

Video games - $5 & up
DVD - $10
VHS - $3

Look for these prices to fall in coming weeks, unless inventory is sucked dry over the weekend (which could happen).

It's interesting to note that Video Library was one of the stores named in a Star article discussing an "anti-porn campaign" being launched across Kansas City. Video Library is one of only six stores/organizations in Johnson County named on the group's hit list.

Rev. James Conard appears to be keeping his efforts on the Missouri side for the most part.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

CONFIRMED: Lenexa's Video Library CLOSING

Little Kcmedia.blogspot.com scoops the big shots once again..........An employee of the video store near 87th and Rosehill in Lenexa confirms Video Library is moving ahead with a liquidation of it's inventory ASAP (all titles go on sale this week).

Traffic to one of Johnson County's original viden rental stores died down considerably in the past two years as Blockbuster and Netflix's mail delivery services gained traction in the marketplace. Video Library could not deliver on a similar service to keep pace with the national competition.

Where will Johnson County now turn for older movies and brand new adult titles?????

Nevertheless, prepare for an enormous sale on a variety of titles --- film fans in KC won't see another DVD/VHS blowout like this for some time.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Lenexa's Video Library on Last Legs????

Video Library -- a long-time popular video rental destination in Lenexa, Kansas has been suspiciously closed this entire Memorial Day weekend. At first, I expected some sort of annual inventory shutdown for a day or two. Now, I'm beginning to think it may be something much more, as the store sits dark for it's third consecutive day. It's now Monday and the store is still dark -- with "inventory shutdown" signs hanging on the front doors.

The store has been a fixture on 87th and Rosehill (between Pflumm and Quivira) for more than two decades. The store's gigantic selection made it a favorite over the big chain's and their often limited selection of anything beyond new releases. Video Library also stood out from it's competitors by having an extensive selection of video games, children's VHS, and adult (hardcore) titles to select from. Now, with 87th street construction making retail destinations in the area less desirable, as well as a online services from Blockbuster and Netflix gaining a foothold in the marketplace, I'm beginning to wonder if this is sign of something else...

Much of it's vaunted older film inventory is still VHS -- and I know they've been struggling to make a transition (as Blockbuster has) to a near 100% DVD catalog. In recent years, they have sold off video games to outdated systems -- freeing up some much needed space on the shelves for the newer platforms, and incoming DVD (new releases and otherwise) titles.

Calls and e-mails to the store over the weekend were not returned.