The main supermarket chains in Victoria are:
- Bi-Lo (owned by Coles with most having been re-branded as Coles stores from 2006)
- IGA (including Supa IGA, IGA Everyday, IGA X-press and Friendly Grocer IGA)
- Woolworths (some stores trade as Safeway)
Largest undercover shopping centre complexes
The 5 largest undercover shopping centres in Victoria are all located within Melbourne's metropolitan area. They are listed below, ranked according to their gross leasable area (floor space) and also by the total number of shops within the complex.
|Rank by space||Shopping centre||Location||Floor space|
|1||Chadstone||Malvern East||Over 170,000 m²|
|2||Westfield Knox||Wantirna South||Over 140,000 m²|
|3||Westfield Fountain Gate||Narre Warren||Over 140,000 m²|
|4||Westfield Southland||Cheltenham||Over 130,000 m²|
|5||Westfield Doncaster||Doncaster||Over 120,000 m²|
|Rank by shops||Shopping centre||Location||Shops|
|1||Chadstone||Malvern East||Over 500|
|2||Westfield Doncaster||Doncaster||Over 400|
|4||Westfield Knox||Wantirna South||Over 400|
|5||Westfield Southland||Cheltenham||Over 400|
- Figures above are correct as of 2009
- Chadstone is also the largest shopping centre in Australia
Except for 2½ days each year, Victoria has unrestricted trading hours throughout the city and country areas. This allows businesses to open any time of the day or any day of the week.
The 2½ days each year of restricted trading are the following public holidays:
- Good Friday
- Christmas Day
- Anzac Day (only up to 1pm)
On those days, only exempt shops are permitted to open. Exempt shops include chemists, petrol stations, restaurants, takeaway outlets, service providers, hire outlets and those businesses with a small number of employees.
Finding a shop or business
To find a business, consult the Yellow Pages. Search by business type or name, anywhere in Victoria or nation-wide.