6.02.2009

Turning 18 and still better than Blockbuster



Dawn Warfield, owner of the Drive-In Movie Store, called today to tell me she has renewed her lease at 170 S. Broadway, contrary to what she said was some talk about town that she might be shuttering her doors. "We'll be around for at least two more years," she said. The video rental shop has been in business for 18 years, and last year it survived the repaving and road construction of South Broadway, which caused many businesses to take a huge hit. Warfield said the store saw an immediate 30 percent drop in business the first month of the road work, in April 2008. The store ended the year by climbing halfway out of that hole.
"We didn't fully recover ... (but) things are starting to pick up a little bit," Warfield said. In 18 years, Warfield said the biggest change to the business is the switch from VHS tapes to DVDs. About six months ago, the store started what Warfield calls its biggest niche -- buying back used DVDs for cash ($1 or $2) or store credit. The store then sells the DVDs for $4.95.

"Especially with the bad economy, a lot of people are selling everything just to clean out their closets and make some money," she said.

It's super important to support local businesses, even as consumers face tough economic times, she added.

She plans an 18-year anniversary sale event this July, so update your list of Movies To See Before You Die and get ready to check a few off it.


Photo credit: Rick Gargiulo/The Saratogian

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We REALLY need the Drive In Movie Store!!! It's the only video store in town that knows and appreciates the regular customers. They will reserve moives for you, special order the ones they don't have, anything you need. They are very accommodating and friendly! Everyone who rents or buys DVD's should support them, it's OUR local store.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 4:24:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Drive In Movie Store is like the heartbeat of Saratoga! I always meet up with friends and aquaintainces there, it's like a little gathering place for movie buffs. And the owners and staff are awesome! Always ready for a great movie suggestion.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 1:42:00 PM 
Anonymous gs said...

I have been a Drive In customer for nearly 15 years and I wouldn't even think about renting a movie anywhere else!

Thursday, June 11, 2009 2:00:00 PM 
Anonymous Wendy said...

The Drive In Movie Store is good but I just rent there cause I have a major crush on Dave.

Monday, June 15, 2009 3:07:00 PM 
Anonymous Todd said...

I live all the way across town, however I still drive past blockbuster and the grocery stores to go to the Drive In Movie store because of the wonderful people that work there. Dawn and Mike know what customers want and treat everyone as they are family. I love you guys and keep up the great work! Sorry Joe, you are great too!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 12:51:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people who own and work in The Drive In Movie Store LIVE here, have their kids go to school here, shop here and here in Saratoga Springs! Why would you rent or buy movies anywhere else? Supporting the Drive In Movie Store is supporting Saratoga Springs and we need all the support we can get in this economy. Not to metion they are the BEST!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 1:34:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, support local businesses, the backbone of local economies, where your money stays in your community longer. My business has the same philosophy.

New Leaf Contemporary Art Gallery and Gift Boutique

Friday, September 25, 2009 4:40:00 PM 

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