Internet killed the video store

Staff writer Sam Wood reports:

TLA Video, a mecca for lovers of art-house movies for more than 20 years, has announced it is closing its flagship store at 517 S. 4th Street.

In a statement released yesterday, TLA officials said the independent brick and morter store model had become “antiquated” with the rise of online rental companies and video-on-demand.

“It was an amazing 24-year run for our South Street store,” said TLA president Ray Murray, “but changing viewing habits of our customers (internet, cable, satellite, rental-by-mail, etc.) require us to change with the times.”

A TLA video outpost will remain at 1520 Locust St., Murray said.

The 4th Street location will reopen Friday to sell off its inventory and remain open for business through Thanksgiving.

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