San Diegans bid farewell to Kensington Video

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SAN DIEGO -- The sun has set on a neighborhood icon -- Kensington Video on Adams Avenue closed for the last time on Saturday, the final day of business for the family of co-owner Winnie Hanford, who started with a gift shop in 1963.

“We started in 1984 with the video business. We just kept growing until we had 75,000," said Hanford.

Hanford, who will soon turn 88, said she watched 700 films a year -- and called it "homework."

“I love documentaries and the foreign ones. Not the horror -- don’t like those scary ones,” she said.

The store had an amazing collection of videotapes and DVDs and offered plenty of hidden treasures.

When asked why it was time to close, Hanford joked the family got tired -- but also admitted times had changed for the business.

“Things were slacking off – technology was moving in," said Hanford.

Long-time customers who visited on the last day said they would deeply miss the store and the Hanford family.

“You can touch, feel, smell and see this great old place – and it’s a loss," said Rise Burdman, a North Park resident.

The family will still own the building -- a sushi restaurant will move in.

“These people for all these years have become part of us. We’re overcome -- to know people think so much of us," said Hanford.

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