We chat with the owner of the Pic-A-Flic video store Kent Bendall about how he is still able to successfully run one of Victoria’s only remaining video stores in today’s streaming and download world.
In today’s day and age if you want to watch a movie or binge watch a TV show, you generally turn on your TV, select an app such as Netflix and browse from thousands of movies and TV shows that you can watch instantly. For many of us though, we remember the times of having to get in the car and drive to your local video store, physically looking through thousands of titles and only getting to select a couple at a time to enjoy for a select period. It may seem weird to think in 2020 that this classic form of finding entertainment still exists, with video stores around the world going out of business faster than Usain Bolt runs the 100m. Yet, in downtown Victoria, one video store continues to buck the trend of the death of the video store. That store is Pic A Flic video, a store that has been operating for 37 years and offers over 25,000 titles from all around the world. It remains open seven days a week, and surprisingly, is still incredibly popular. Host Ben Waterworth chats with store owner Kent Bendall about how he is still able to remain open and operate and go over some more nostalgic memories on what still draws people to his store.