By Tyler Wright
A Wantirna South shopping centre is set to be home to a new axe-throwing experience for locals in the new year.
MANIAX Axe Throwing has confirmed it will be opening at Knox Ozone after Knox City Council issued planning permits for building and works and advertising signage associated with a food and drinks premises at shop 9070/509 Burwood Highway,
Westfield Knox centre manage Kristian Nicholls said the centre is pleased to be welcoming a diverse range of experiences as part of the transformation of Westfield Knox.
“MANIAX Axe Throwing is another great experience that will open within the Knox Ozone early next year,” Mr Nicholls said.
“We have no further updates to share at this stage.”
MANIAX’s head of sales and marketing, Aaron Hocking, said there are different things the venue can offer as well as the axe throwing experience.
“It’s perfect for work team building, hens parties and bucks parties and bigger groups,” Mr Hocking said.
“But then we also have another, another single-lane offering that we do too, which is great for a small group of friends or a date night.
“We have a cocktail bar where we do Viking -inspired cocktails and we have our own craft beer and a range of different local craft beers and wine and soft drinks as well, and then we have a food offering as well, so we do brisket burgers and pulled pork burgers and wings and ribs and pizzas; so people that want to refuel after their session, we’ve got plenty of options for them too.“
Mr Hocking said the company wanted to expand to the eastern suburbs of Melbourne after demand from customers at MANIAX’s two other venues in the city.
“We’ve got two other venues in Melbourne and to be completely honest, we have so many people from the east of Melbourne that come and love our venue in the city and they’re like ‘oh, when are you coming out east? ‘
“We’ve listened and made the move out; we found a great site at the ozone there at Knox, so obviously there’s lots of other sort of different entertainment and food and drink experiences out there as well.
“It was just the perfect location for us.”
It comes as Westfield Knox unveiled a new fashion and lifestyle precinct of level two of the centre with UNIQLO, JD Sports, Glue Store and General Pants Co now open to customers.
As part of a $355 million transformation, the centre has opened a full-sized FIBA grade basketball court and nature-inspired outdoor kids play space as well as approximately 50 retail partners and food hall experiences including Woolworths and ALDI supermarkets.
Over 20 new and existing business partners, including rebel and JB Hi-Fi are also now trading on level two of the centre.