FRIDAY, SEPT. 25 — After 35 years of serving the East Lansing community, Video To Go announced today that it is preparing to close its doors for good.
Owner Tom Leach made the announcement in a post on the business’ Facebook page (included in full below). Leach cited “new ways of viewing movies” and “less movies being made” as factors that made it difficult for the business to turn a profit.
The Frandor-based movie rental shop outlasted several of the area’s rental chains, offering a diverse selection and catering to niche markets like foreign films and cult classics. The store will rent movies through September, and then will remain open indefinitely to sell off its inventory of movies starting on Oct. 1. In a message to City Pulse, Leach indicated that this process could keep the shop open until early next year.
Leach did not say who would take over the storefront, but an employee at the neighboring America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses mentioned rumors of a pizza restaurant moving into the space.
CORRECTION — Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story stated that the store will close in October.
From Video To Go’s Facebook page:
A message to our loyal customers:
Over the past 35 years, Video to Go has worked hard to provide our customers with a selection of movies second to none. We were one of the first video stores on the scene and we witnessed the rise and fall of many video stores over the last 30 years. In the last few years, new ways of viewing movies have arrived, as well as less movies being made – all of which make it hard for traditional video stores to turn a profit. Therefore, it is with much sadness that I am announcing the closure of Video to Go.
Customers can continue to rent videos until the end of September and beginning October 1st, customers will be able to purchase any movie from our rental inventory. Prices for the movies will be available in store.
We want to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of customers who have supported our business over the past 35 years. This store has always been more than a business to me, and we feel blessed that we were able to provide so many people the opportunity to fall in love with movies.
Thanks again for your support-
Tom Leach, Owner, and the staff of Video to Go