Movie rental store Video City prepares to close

The store is the last of its kind in Bay County

Published 02/09 2016 07:44PM

Updated 02/09 2016 07:44PM

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It's nearing the end of an era in Bay County. The owners of Video City will be closing the doors next week. The movie-rental store is the last of its kind in the county.
 
"Everything comes to an end, and I guess video rentals is on that list," Liz Pabon said.  "We'll lock the doors for the last time on the 15th."
 
Liz and her husband Mike  first opened Video City 20 years ago in a smaller building then built and moved into the current location on Lisenby Ave. between 23rd St. and 15th St. Liz said it was Mike and his father's dream to own a big rental store.
 
"You anticipate every Tuesday because that's when the new releases come to the stores, and when we were VHS, when it was all VHS, we would get them way before the stores did," she said.
 
The Pabons have had a front row seat watching the entertainment industry change. Liz said the tradition of browsing aisles of movies in every genre is virtually gone in this age of streaming video and renting from kiosks.
 
"I think they are losing the personal contact," Liz said.
 
In the constantly changing entertainment industry, the family oriented business and its rental prices at $3.25 have stayed the same.
 
The Pabons plan to close the store next Monday, the 15th. They're hoping to sell just about everything. Most DVD's will be about $5 each.
 
The store will be leased to Palm Bay Prep Academy which plans to move its Central High School into the space. The charter school serves students who need to recover class credits to graduate.

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