Family-owned video store in Merlin closes its doors after 32 years

MERLIN, Ore. – It’s a sign of the times. One of the last remaining family-owned video rental stores in Southern Oregon is closing its doors.

“Mikey’s Place” in Merlin opened its doors Tuesday to a crowd of customers new and old.

A line formed outside the video rental store around noon for a final sale of just about everything.

The store’s owners thanked customers for 32 good years.

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” said owner Mike Chanquet. “Technology did take us over. That’s why have to do what we have to do.”

“When we heard that they were closing our heart went out to them but we were also excited for them because we knew it was a new adventure for them so we had to come out and wish them well,” said J Marshall, a long-time customer of Mikey’s.

Mikey’s Place will be open to sell all of its videos, games and fixtures at discounted prices for a couple of weeks.

© 2023 KOBI-TV NBC5. All rights reserved unless otherwise stated.

Matt Jordan is the Chief Meteorologist for KOBI-TV NBC5. Matt joined the NBC5 weather team in 2014 after a year as a reporter and anchor in Alexandria, Louisiana. His experience with the severe weather of the Deep South and a love of the Pacific Northwest led him to pursue a certification with Mississippi State University as a Broadcast Meteorologist. You can find Matt working in the evenings of NBC5 News at 5, 6 and 11 as well as online. Matt also has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. In addition to being passionate about news and weather, Matt is a BIG Oregon Ducks fan. When not rooting for the Ducks or tracking down the next storm over the Pacific, Matt can be found outdoors in the Oregon wilderness with his wife, his daughter and their dogs Stanley and Gordi.
Skip to content