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February 3, 2010

Business Beat: Hollywood Video closes its Modesto store

Modesto movie lovers have one fewer place to rent DVDs.

The Hollywood Video on Standiford Avenue and Prescott Road closed last month, the second in less than six months.

The chain's remaining Stanislaus County locations are on Hatch Road in Ceres and Geer Road in Turlock.

Oregon-based Movie Gallery Inc., which runs Hollywood Video and Game Crazy, is preparing to file for Chapter 11 (reorganization) bankruptcy protection, according to the Wall Street Journal. It would be the company's second trip to Bankruptcy Court in just over two years.

In April, competing national movie rental chain Blockbuster Video closed its 1234 McHenry Ave. location.

Customers of the Standiford Avenue Hollywood Video are directed to the shop at 1560 W. Hatch Road. The company's Web site says customers no longer are responsible for late fees to the closed store.

Members of PowerPlay, the store's monthly rental program, can call 877-325-8687 for help. More at

Elsewhere around the Business Beat: Longtime Modesto frame shop Carden's Pictures has moved again.

The custom picture-framing shop had been open on Downey Avenue since 1962 before moving to Yosemite Boulevard last year. Last month the store settled into its new location at 400 12th St., Suite 11.

Owner Pur Rubio said the store downsized to a smaller space that "meets our needs better in a better location."

The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment Saturdays. Call 524-5092.

And finally, The Red Steer in downtown Modesto has closed.

The restaurant, which specialized in carved meats and sandwiches, opened its Modesto location in September amid questions about a fire that destroyed its 41-year-old Turlock Red Steer location in May.

Have an item for Business Beat? Contact Marijke Rowland at The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; 578-2284 or

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