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September 05, 2010

Work on new movie and game rental store wrapping up

09052010familyvideoconstruction Looks like Family Video is rolling closer to an premier in Rochester as the new building in northwest Rochester nears completion.

Once open, it will be Rochester only standalone video and game rental shop. Hollywood Video recently closed its two stores with one now being occupied by seasonal retailer, Halloween Express.

06022010familyvideoThe new 4,600-square-foot Family Video stands along Elton Hills Northwest where a BP Pump N Munch

  The Glenview, Ill.-based movie and video game rental chain demolished the gas station and began building the new store in June.

051209BPpumpandmuncheltonhillsdrivejk I'd expect it to open in the near future, late September or early October.

I remember when this BP station became a Pump & Munch back in 2007.

The Rochester Pump & Munch stations all closed in July 2009.


Does anyone else think that opening a video store in Rochester after Blockbuster and Hollywood Video went under is stupid? It seems like the business plan is about 5-7 years too late. How are they going to survive when the others didn't? How are they going to compete with Redbox and Blockbuster Boxes for $1/night?

I really wish them well, but I agree, I have no idea how they will be able to stay afloat... probably be an empty building when the snow melts next spring.....

Yea i dont get it either??they have one in Waseca but i think it closed. unless they are cheap-$1/night or something cant see them being around long. not trying to be negative but when every other video store closed in this town? what makes them different??

The video rental store model has died but no one seems to have told these guys. I wish them the best but expect them to fail.

They must be trying to tap into people who have not embraced Netflix, Redbox, Video on demand, Roku/PS3 Netflix streaming, etc...
I cannot imagine that a large segment of the population other than low-income or the elderly would still rent videos from a physical location anymore. This building will be something else in 6 months.

I wish them well too! This is in my "neighborhood", I just don't understand. Best wishes!!

What ever happened to video game rentals? Have sites like gamefly killed that service line yet the way netflix killed video rental? If not maybe they could survive by offering decent games?

They open Friday, September 10th.....the exact time is not known.

I moved to new ulm from rochester last year, and shortly thereafter family video came to town. Suprisingly they were quickly embraced and offer very reasonably priced movie rentals at about $2.75 for a new release, and most other movies $1 for five days, or 2/$1.

They will become a monopoly in the Rochester video store environment....

We were in on Friday, very impressed. Low prices, lots of rent one get one free possibilities. Free family, educational, and fitness movies. But most importantly to me was the video games. Great to have a place to rent them again and they even have Nintendo DS games. Everyone seemed really friendly and helpful as well.

We were in on Saturday and very impressed! 2 new release, 2 other movies for 5 days and 2 DS games for 5 days was only $12 something! Very happy about DS games-allows kid to try games before purchasing and finding out not what they were expecting. Good Luck to the team @ Family Video

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