By Rudey Downey
Special To The Star
James Pelley saw it coming for the last four or five years. Pelley says his business, Jumbo Video, was in steady decline during that time.
Even when another video store would close, he still wouldn’t see any significant increases in his business, which had been open since 1999.
It was then when he started to see his customer base disappearing.
“It’s not a service that will be missed because it has been outpaced by technology,” said Pelley. “Being able to stream things now or download them would be the easiest thing for the consumer.”
Pelley closed Jumbo Video for good Saturday night, but he has a lot of special memories from his time as the owner.
Pelley was delighted to see a Facebook group where former employees at the store have been posting their favorite memories of working there.
“I take for granted the impact that we have on our employees,” he said. “Hearing their funny stories and how much they enjoyed working there had a bigger impact on me than anything.”
The space where Jumbo Video was located on Union Street will be separated into two businesses. The back of the space will be used as a party room for Pelley’s other business, Menchies, which is right around the corner from Jumbo Video.
Most of the space will be used for a new business. Pelley knows what that business will be, but would only say Monday that it won’t be a fast-food restaurant.
Are you sad to see traditional movie stores closing down? Is this good or bad for the City of Corner Brook?
Cheryl Maddox, Corner Brook
It’s kind of bittersweet. I like being able to actually have the disk and i’m not a huge fan of downloading. I think honestly the rentals are kind of on their way out because most people download or watch Netflix. It’s a loss for people who like going to pick out a movie.
Merrick MacNeil, Corner Brook
I really appreciate the old fashioned nature of it. It’s sad to see any old fashioned store go down, like a barber shop. It reminds me of a different time. The 1950’s barber shop or the outside rink, that’s an iconic image that we want to hold onto even if it has become outdated or if we have no practical use for it.
Ron Downey, Corner Brook
I like the tradition of it, but I guess it’s like everything else where people are going the way of computers. I think anytime a business closes it’s a bad loss, but in this case it’s probably inevitable and had nothing to do with the business as opposed to the changing times.
Blaine Brake, Corner Brook
Business is business, you either make money or you don’t. Sadness has nothing to do with it. From my perspective and people that are online it’s not a bad thing, but people who don’t have computers: where are they going to get the new movies without buying them?
Zach Pinsent, Corner Brook
Watching online is much more simple and faster and more accessible. It’s kind of a bad thing I guess, most people do watch videos online, but there are a lot of people that don’t have access to stuff like that.