MANSFIELD (CBS) – Video stores, long endangered, are quickly becoming extinct.

Among them, long-time family businesses are being forced to shut down.

This week, Video Mania, a Mansfield store that opened in 1987, back when $0.99 VHS tapes were all the rage, has closed its doors for the last time.

Services like Netflix, Red Box, and streaming video were too much for this mom and pop shop, forcing owner Jim Glaropoulos to finally close up shop.

“I started this when I was 23 years old,” said Glaropoulos.”It was something that my adult life, that’s what I grew up in. So it’s very tough to think about closing it.”

On the store’s final night in business, long-time customers visited, looking for cut rate deals.  At the same time, they also wish this wasn’t happening.

“It makes me sad,” said one customer. “My daughter, she’s 15… been here since the beginning.”

“In the end technology is most likely the culprit that killed the video store.

There’s no denying that plenty of great innovations have been born.

But the question remains, are we losing something?

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

The phenomenon of walking into a local mom and pop store and actually taking to a real person is slowly disappearing.

Of course, large video stores are suffering similar fates. Last year, Blockbuster Video filed for bankruptcy and closed hundreds of stores.

In the end, if the story of Video Mania was a movie plot, the audience would be shedding a few tears during the closing credits.

But there is a sequel in store. Glaropoulos plans to replace the video store with a restaurant later this year.

Comments (4)
  1. taylor says:

    Pretty soon we will do everything online and won’t have to talk with a single soul. It is very sad. Technology is great in some ways, but it is making us all more disconnected. I’m only in my 30’s and I miss the way it was 15 years ago.

  2. Peter Lash says:

    A restaurant! Hold on to your hat! It’s a rough business, be careful, I wish you good luck!

  3. Primetime Editorials says:

    this video store sold me my first porn
    Anna does Atlanta
    im going to miss this place

  4. Orla Whall says:

    I loved working at Video Mania! I never would have left if I hadn’t injured my back. When I worked, there were some customers that I would truly look forward to seeing because it became like family.
    Although the owner was known to be a bit of a Grizzly Bear, deep down he was just a big old Teddy Bear with a tough childhood. I love & miss all my co-workers as they to became like friends. I used to love to bring baked cookies to cheer them up! I’m so proud that I was around when we kicked Blockbusters A@@!! Jim knew we could & we did. Jim, I wish you all the luck in the world, but I have faith in you. Hey! I’m in the book if you need a Hostess!LOL!!
    Best Wishes to all the VideoManiacs!!
    The store may be gone, but memories are not!

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