One big family: Family Video grows

Published 4:09 pm Sunday, January 2, 2011

The recent opening of an additional 125 stores has caused Illinois-based employer, Family Video, to add more than 1,000 jobs since July 2010.  Now with 730 stores, spanning 19 states and steady growth continuing, additional opportunities for employment continue to offer hope for Americans in troubled economic times.

“With the announcements of national video rental chains Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video liquidations, and Blockbuster Video’s recent bankruptcy restructuring, we accelerated our growth model of bringing low-cost, high-service bricks-and-mortar movie and video game rental to more communities nationwide while adding jobs to the overall economy,” said Keith Hoogland, president of Family Video.

Hoogland notes, “The DVD and game rental industries are alive and well. We are still the largest privately owned rental chain in the nation, by far, and now the second-largest overall.”

Hoogland adds, “With the agreements reached this year by five major studios delaying release of DVDs for 28 days to vending machine and mail order companies like Redbox and Netflix, Family Video has become one of the few places a customer can rent a movie on the day of its release.

“We have never deviated from our model of high-service and low-cost entertainment while being an integral part of every community,” stated Hoogland.

“We appreciate our customers and feel strongly about giving back to the community,” said Hoogland.  “For almost 30 years, we have had a tradition of donating and delivering turkeys or hams to less fortunate families over the holidays in each community. This year alone, we have helped almost 30,000 families. We also give more than 1 million free rentals to kids each June to reward them for getting good grades on their report cards.”