When lockdown ended in November it meant that I could finally return to bookstores again. But on my first visit to Southland Shopping Centre in Cheltenham I was shocked to discover the Dymocks' store has been replaced by Cook & Young during my absence.
I'm not sure if the Dymocks' store was a victim of the lengthy Melbourne lockdown or a pre-planned closure but as one of the oldest book store chains in Australia I was saddened to see the store gone. I'm uncertain at this stage if other Dymocks' stores have also been affected.
Fortunately the store looks very similar inside with the same stock and layout. So I'll be visiting again when new Bond novels are released or re-published