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The Book Grocer

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published June 11th 2019
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The Book Grocer is a chain of discount booksellers. They have many permanent bookstores but others often pop up in suburban shopping centres occupying recently vacated shops.

Sale sign
The sale is here.

The outlet at the Chirnside Shopping Centre has recently opened and is proving to be very popular, judging by the number of people always browsing. Who can resist a cheap book?

Yes, the Book Grocer sells cookbooks.

The browsers are often found at the check-out, indicating they have found something of interest. lt is also a good source for a gift for a birthday present as you are sure to find a subject that your gift recipient is interested in. If you feel guilty about buying a cheap present for someone, just buy two or three.

Browse and buy.

I estimate that the Book Grocer has over 6000 titles on display. They are well displayed under categories such as cookery, health & lifestyle, science, business, politics & culture, history, biographies, fiction and children's book. Something for all ages and interests.

What greets you when you enter.

A novel item is their material carry bags with the logo of "I (image of a heart) Books." A few years ago, at a different outlet, my wife purchased several of these bags for the girls in her book club. Just the gift for someone who has read everything and for carrying your purchases home.

Sales counter and showing carry bags.

In these times of instant gratification in almost every aspect of modern life, how relaxing it is to settle down and enjoy the time-consuming pastime of reading a good book? If the need for instant gratification is still niggling at you, buy a picture book.

One of many sections

They have books starting at $3.00 each, and the most expensive ones noticed were $10.00, each one a bargain.

Plenty of cheap books

For just a small outlay, you could buy weeks of reading.
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When: Monday to Wednesday 9.00 am to 5.30 pm / Thursday to Saturday 9.00 am to 9.00 pm / Sunday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Where: Chirnside Park Shopping Centre, Maroondah Highway, Chirnside Park. Shop L01 (opposite the Post Office.)
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