The Co-op Bookshop continues to defy the gloom of retailing with the acquisition of six outlets at Victoria University.

These latest additions bring the Co-op retail footprint to 52 stores across Australia, with already existing outlets at Melbourne University and La Trobe University.

“We’re delighted to take over the running of these well-established locations, and build on the key role they play in the University community,” Peter Knock, chief Executive officer of The Co-op Bookshop. “We look forward to offering our customers even better service, greater choice, and exciting new products and services.”

In addition to the on-campus retailing, the Co-op will take an active role in the development and support of the local student related sponsorships and scholarships.

“The addition of the Victoria University bookshops adds substantially to our existing presence in Victoria. We continue to look for opportunities across Australia as we introduce new and exciting