Family Video closing last 250 locations, including six stores in Akron-Canton area

Mark J. Price
Akron Beacon Journal
Family Video

The Family Video chain, which at one time boasted 800 locations with 10,000 employees, is shutting down its remaining 250 stores.

“Today, I have to make the difficult announcement that we are closing all Family Video locations,” announced Keith Hoogland, chief executive officer of parent company Highland Ventures, in a news release Tuesday. “The impact of Covid-19, not only in foot traffic but also in the lack of movie releases, pushed us to the end of an era.”

Wednesday is the last day for renting movies and games. Everything is for sale, including DVDs, Blu-rays, gumball machines and store shelves.

There are 25 remaining stores in Ohio, including six in the Akron-Canton area: 2130 Eastwood Ave. in Akron, 3710 Manchester Road in Coventry Township, 2967 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls, 210 E. Smith Road in Medina, 3610 Lincoln Way E. in Massillon and 2509 Easton St. NE in Plain Township.

“We have enjoyed being part of our employees’ and customers’ lives and communities for the last 42 years,” Hoogland wrote.

The first Family Video store opened in Springfield, Illinois, in 1978. Family Video debuted in the Betamax era and evolved to include VHS, DVD and Blu-ray.

Citing declining sales during the pandemic, the store closed 200 stores last fall.

Hoogland pointed out that the chain survived 10 years longer than competitors Blockbuster, Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video.

According to the company, all online orders will be processed like normal and www.FamilyVideo.com will stay open. Customers can continue to buy movies, T-shirts and memorabilia at the website.

“While we are disappointed in the closing of Family Video, we will remain tied to our communities through our Legacy Commercial Property division, owning and managing buildings in the community,” Hoogland noted.

“I want to thank you for being a part in creating the Family Video experience!”

Mark J. Price can be reached at mprice@thebeaconjournal.com.