Dish Network is closing 300 Blockbusters stores across the country.
Dish Network Corp, which owns Blockbuster, plans to close 21 stores in Michigan this spring, including the one in Ferndale. The closures are part of an announced plan to close 300 stores across the country. According to a story in the Detroit News, the closures include stores which were underperforming or were near the end of their leases. The Blockbuster Video in Ferndale is located at 750 W. Nine Mile Road. Signs on the building announce the closing however a store manager was unable to comment on the closure or what the store's last day open will be. The corporate office did not immediately respond to a request for information. About 500 Blockbuster stores were closed last year.
The space on West Nine Mile Road is now listed for lease.
Dollar Castle in downtown Ferndale has closed its doors, a representative from the company's headquarters confirmed Tuesday. The prominent space at 200 West Nine Mile Road is now listed for lease, and signs on the building state "store closed," though a cash advance business may still be operating inside the store temporarily. The owner of the franchise could not be reached for comment. Chris Hughes, communications and marketing manager for the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority, had no details about the store's closing but said there has been some discussion about what might go in that location next. Hughes said the news has been a disappointment to many. "Nobody really wants them to be gone," she said. Dollar Castle, which is based …