Moose Stop Video moving to Grand Lake Lanes
Grand County, Colorado
In the day of Netflix, HBO and Pay Per View, one family-owned video store is hanging in there.
Sold Dec. 31, Moose Stop Video in Grand Lake, Colorado, is changing ownership and is remaining in town.
Dan and Jill Korkowski, eight-year owners of the video-rental business, have sold Moose Stop to Grand Lake Lanes owners Tom and Maggie Tompkins.
The Tompkins plan to rent videos out of the bowling alley upon moving the inventory mid-January.
Until then, videos may still be rented at the existing Moose Stop location across the street, they said.
“I think it’s a good synergistic move because it’s compatible with the bowling alley,” said Maggie. “We have later hours and people really want to have a video store in town.”
The Tompkins, whose son Andy will manage the video business, said they are in the process of ordering DVD new releases to “beef up” the inventory.
And, they take requests.
“If people have a request for certain types of movies, they should let us know,” Maggie said.
Former owner Dan Korkowski, who closed on the business at the tail end of 2008, said he is relieved the Tompkins will continue the service.
“A lot of people utilize the store who don’t have credit cards, so they can’t join Netflix, and they don’t have a car to go to Granby to get movies. It was those people I was worried about shutting off,” Korkowski said. “The local workers up here need their own release of entertainment.”
The small video store has been a mainstay in Grand Lake since 1995 ” from VHS to DVD.
“I tried to review every move that came out so I could tell people whether they were good or bad in my opinion,” Korkowski said.
In his estimation, he’s seen 2,500 to 3,000 flicks in his eight-year span as the video man.
“Some of which I’d never see again,” he said.
The video-store proprietor decided to get out of the business to spend more time with family. Having worked as the Grand Lake code enforcer for a few years, Korkowski is starting a full-time position with the town, which is expanding his responsibilities.
“A great big thanks to everybody and the customers who have been so loyal over the years,” Korkowski said.
And his favorite movies?
“The African Queen,’ but it has royalty issues so it’s not on video or DVD,” he said.
Then he added, “Secondhand Lions” and “My Cousin Vinny.”
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