After seven months without a dedicated new bookstore, Wollongong in NSW will soon see the return of Dymocks to its city centre.
Dymocks is set to open a 220 sqm store in August at Wollongong Central, the same shopping centre that was home to a Dymocks outlet which closed in 2010. The store will be operated by new franchise owners John and Antoinette Bernardi.
The store will employ eight staff once in full trading mode, although a spokesperson for the bookselling chain said that recruitment has not yet commenced.
As previously reported by Bookseller+Publisher, following a string of bookshop closures in Wollongong, secondhand bookshop Perey’s Books began selling new-release titles this year, resulting in a significant increase in sales. Owner Jo Abrantes told Bookseller+Publisher at the time that she plans to extend the store’s trading hours and install an in-store cafe.
The Dymocks spokesperson said that ‘getting back to Wollongong has always been a high priority for Dymocks’. The new store will bring the total number of Dymocks outlets in Australia to 74. As previously reported by Bookseller+Publisher, Dymocks has also recently opened new stores in Charlestown, NSW and Knox shopping centre in Melbourne.
The grand opening of the store will be held on 1 August.