By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
Mr. Video is relocating to Schoolhouse Square in Keizer next month.
With the move comes the first brick-and-mortar video store to the city since Blockbuster Video closed last year. The independently-owned Mr. Video will open in the former Hollywood Video location at 5003 River Road N.
The current store is located in north Salem near Fred Meyer and Dollar Tree. Owners Terry and Lana Ricker plan the move to take place in mid-February.
“Most of our customers come from Keizer and we’re doing pretty well here, but we’re back in a corner,” said Terry Ricker of his current location.
The larger space – almost 6,400 square feet – will allow the Rickers to expand their stock by almost 50 percent. Currently they carry about 10,000 titles and rent DVDs and Blu Ray discs along with video games for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii.
Video stores have a key advantage over mail-order DVD services and machines, Ricker said: Studios are releasing movies to the retail stores 28 days before machines and mail services, and Warner Bros. just announced plans to extend that period to 56 days.
While keeping new releases in stock, they’re also working to add more Spanish titles along with independent fare.
“If I see it at Salem Cinema I get it for my store,” Terry Ricker said. “For every person who gets Moneyball you’ll have someone who wants a documentary or a foreign film.”