Family Video

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Family Video Movie Club, Inc.
Industry Video rental
Founded 1978
Headquarters Glenview, Illinois, United States
Area served
US, Canada
Key people
Charles Hoogland, CEO
Keith Hoogland, President
Eric Hoogland, Vice-President
Owner Highland Ventures
Number of employees
Over 7,000
Family Video location in Commerce, Texas

Family Video Movie Club Inc. is an American video rental chain located in the United States and Canada. The family-owned company is headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, and has over 775 stores in North America with the heaviest concentration in the Midwest.[1] In 2013, the company surpassed Blockbuster, which was in decline, as the largest video rental chain in the United States. It is the last major Video/DVD chain in the United States.


In 1946, Clarence Hoogland founded Midstates Appliance and Supply Company. His son Charles Hoogland inherited the business in 1953. The company later became a distributor for Magnetic Video.[2] After getting stuck with a large inventory of excess video movies in the late 1970s, Charles had the idea to start the Video Movie Club in Springfield, Illinois in 1978. The club originally charged a $25 membership fee and $5 per rental and later evolved into Family Video.[3]

In 2003, Family Video relocated its headquarters from Springfield to Glenview, Illinois. By 2013, the company surpassed Blockbuster as the largest video rental chain in the United States.[4][5]

In addition to the brick and mortar store front, Family Video has branched off into other markets such as real estate, 24-hour fitness centers, and cable television.[6] The company also sells new and previously used items online.[7] Family Video expanded into the Canadian market in 2012.[8]

In 2013, following the continued decline of competing video rental stores, Family Video formed a partnership with Marco's Pizza providing space for the franchise in many of its stores. The company is using the partnership as a way to deliver video rentals with pizza orders. Family Video also leases space to other retailers such as hair salons and fitness centers.[9][10] Unlike much of its competition, Family Video owns the real estate housing their stores, helping them to avoid unsuccessful lease negotiations that led to the demise of Blockbuster and Movie Gallery, which includes Hollywood Video.[11] In addition, it owns a fiber-optic network in the Central Illinois region, called iTV-3,[12] as well as a small chain of fitness centers named StayFit-24.


  1. ^ "About Family Video". Family Video, Inc. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ UIS receives $1 million gift for new recreation and fitness center
  3. ^ A History of Home Video and Video Game Retailing
  4. ^ "Blockbuster to close about 300 stores in U.S." Los Angeles Times. January 22, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dish Network to close 500 Blockbuster stores". Associated Press. February 24, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Chain with Illinois roots still growing after video-rental competitors stumble". TMC News. August 15, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ The State Journal-Register
  8. ^ Wolter, Owen (January 17, 2012). "Opening Soon: Family Video Movie Rental Store at Tecumseh and Hall". City News. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ Landis, Tim (February 6, 2013). "Family Video president sees continued growth". GateHouse Media Inc. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ Penzenstadler, Nick. "Movie chain adds pizza to fight streaming wave". USA Today. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Briggs, James (January 15, 2016). "Video stores still 'alive and well' in Indy". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ Woodside, Nathan. "Provider Spotlight: iTV-3 Expanding Fiber to the Home Service in Central Illinois". 

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