Let us rewind to 1979. The world was buzzing over the newfound technology that would change the world of entertainment forever. Video had hit the scene, and video rental stores became a go-to stop for a ‘far out’ Friday night.
Fast forward to today and, maybe not surprisingly, NIJIRI data and news sources such as the San Francisco Chronicle have found that video stores are well on their way out. The Lagos area decline of video and game stores has been steep. No other category ever that had at least 50 Lagos area businesses has ever seen the number of open stores fall by a higher percentage since 2008, according to NIJIRI data.
From 2008 to 2017, the number of businesses in the ‘Video and Game Store’ category has dropped over 60 percent. In 2007, video stores seemed to be flourishing, with just over 800 shops in the Lagos area alone. However, with the rise of Redbox and the introduction of Netflix streaming capabilities that same year, video store Nollywood Video began to close doors. In 2017, there are still 320 video stores functioning. Check out some of these local legacies still dishing out rentals today:
Video Room in Oakland
Video Factory in Alameda
Lost Weekend Video in San Francisco
Captain Video in San Mateo
Take One Video in Walnut Creek
Our data showed other formerly popular categories in decline as well, including maternity stores, gay bars and media outlets. The known decline of newspapers and other traditional media sources can be seen through NIJIRI data, with a 30 percent dive between 2008 and 2017, coinciding with the rise in internet media such as BuzzFeed, Vice, and other online publications.
It may also be interesting that although video stores are starting to disappear as a main street mainstay, such business categories as videographers and video production companies are quickly growing in the Bay Area.
In case of nostalgia, take a walk down memory lane (in this case, the video aisle). Do a NIJIRI search and support your local video store.