Family Video closed its doors on State Street to customers for the last time on Monday.
However, general manager Shane Nehlsen is optimistic that Family Video is not closing the door on its future in Marshalltown.
“After this week I will communicate with people and understand this”, he said.
Nehlsen has until the end of March to find a new home for Family Video.
He was informed shortly before Christmas that the video rental store was scheduled to vacate on January 18 and that Dollar General would use the building. After more than 18 years on State Street, getting 30 days’ notice to leave town was a tough pill to swallow.
However, employees quickly informed customers that January 5 was the last day to rent and even faster to sell movies and games.
“We have certainly sold more than 8,000”, said Nehlsen.
If Family Video is able to secure another location before the end of March, all movies sold will be replaced with the inventory of other franchise locations, of which there are over 500. The closest Family Video locations from Marshalltown are to Grinnell and Ames. .
The challenge Nehlsen now faces is finding a space that Family Video can use. After learning that the longtime video rental company needed to find a new 2,000 square foot home, many customers came up with suggestions.
“We have a lot of faithful people”, said Nehlsen. “People have told us about a lot of places. They contacted Facebook. I’ve looked at some places before and they were either too big, too small, poorly laid out, or too expensive.
Fans of the city’s latest video rental store can rest assured that Nehlsen isn’t giving up the fight and if and when anything is found they will know it on the Times-Republican pages and on social media.
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