And they'll all be gone by January.

Once mighty video-rental giant Blockbuster announced yesterday that it plans to close its remaining 300 stores in the U.S. by mid-January, which raises a really interesting question: How is it possible that there are still 300 Blockbuster locations?

Blockbuster declined to say where its remaining stores are, so Quartz wrote a script to analyze its online store locator. Despite the dueling trends of online streaming and video kiosk rentals that ultimately drove Blockbuster to bankruptcy, it turns out that, yes, it still has about 300 locations. To be precise, our script coughed up a list of 303 stores, which we’ve plotted on the map above.
 

Here are the states where Blockbuster held out the longest:

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And here are the cities that have more than one location. Note that San Antonio, the reigning king of the dying brand, has more Blockbusters alone than 40 entire states:

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This post originally appeared on Quartz, an Atlantic partner site.

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