The past year has been a time of changes for Deering Center. We've seen a brand new building go up next to Roy's Shoe Shop, a new restaurant has opened where Siano's once was, and Black Cat Coffee has changed ownership, to name a few. Today, we at Jet Video are announcing yet another change: at the end of this August (about two months from now), after fourteen years of being Jet Video and another ten or so of being a video store under other names, Jet will close its doors.
In the meantime, we will still be open seven days a week for our regular business hours, but our services will change as follows:
-Ice cream: We plan to run our ice cream and smoothies right up to the last weekend in August as usual; no changes here.
-Sodas and other packaged snacks: We also plan to continue to make these available through the end of August.
-Hot food: Unfortunately, our hot food offerings will not return as the ice cream season will be in effect for the remainder of our time at this location.
-USPS Contract Postal Unit: Our last day of postal operations will be 7/31. We also will continue to sell tape, envelopes, and greeting cards for most if not all of that time.
-Other retail items: Items such as Fedco seeds and the animated character socks will remain available while supplies last.
-Home Movie Conversion: Audio and video conversion services will no longer be available at Jet Video.
-Video Rentals and Sales: We are ceasing the rental option on our movie library effective immediately and will not be acquiring our usual weekly new releases for the remainder of the summer. Going forward, all movies and games at Jet will be offered on a sale-only basis. The prices are as follows as of 7/5, when we reopen from the holiday:
Blu-ray: $12.00 + tax
HOT/NEW w/case: $12.00 + tax
HOT/NEW w/o case: $10.00 + tax
Library w/case: $8.00 + tax
Library w/o case: $6.00 + tax
TV seasons: $15.00 + tax
TV singles (just one disc from a season): $6.00 + tax
Wii/Xbox 360: $12.00 + tax
PS4/Xbox One: $25.00 + tax
-Gift Cards and Store Credit: We of course will not be selling gift cards or store credit for the rest of the summer since we will be closing in about two months. If you currently have gift cards or store credit, you may use it for any item in the store except for postage. This includes sale movies, ice cream, Fedco seeds, sodas, greeting cards, etc. -- again, anything except for stamps or metered postage. We cannot give cash refunds of gift cards except as required by Maine law (for amounts less than $5 on cards originally valued higher than $5).
-T-shirts and other Jet merchandise: coming soon...will announce ASAP.
We know that this news will be sad for many, but we still have the rest of the summer to enjoy Jet Video together. Jet's current owners have been managing the store since January 2013, and we cherish these past five and half years of having been in this business as a unique opportunity for the celebration of the arts and community and just simply for making Deering Center and Portland more fun. We will look back fondly on the many valuable relationships we've built with customers here as we've gotten to know some of you regulars better than we know our own extended family members and have watched some of you kids literally go from strollers into junior high, or junior high into college. We want to thank you for all the chats, anecdotes, and general support you've shared with us as we've loaned you movies, mailed your letters, scooped your cones, and blended your smoothies. Thanks for "getting" what it is we've been doing here, and we hope that you and yours will remember Jet as fondly as we'll remember you.
P.S. - PLEASE PAY YOUR LATE FEES! There are well over $5,000 in unpaid late fees on our books. Please show your appreciation of our many years of dedicated service by helping our closing to go smoothly by coming in and settling up what you owe.