New trampoline park continues Northway Mall revitalization
East Anchorage’s Northway Mall will soon be home to a new trampoline park. Shockwave is opening at the end of July.
After three solid months of work in the old Office Max building the features are starting to take shape.
“This is the quarter pipe trampoline that goes eight feet up the wall,” owner Barry Jenkins explained.
Jenkins said it will be a place the whole family can enjoy and it’s not just trampolines you’ll find there; there’s also a couple of rock climbing walls, bouncy dodgeball and volleyball courts, plus a laser maze.
“It’s like the Matrix going through a black room with all lasers,” Jenkins said.
So far, the business has created about 40 construction jobs — almost all of them local employees — and will hire another 30 to 40 full and part-time people when the center opens.
Jenkins said this will be a first job for many of their workers.
“We can kind of show them and instruct them for the rest of their lives, and their careers, what good work ethic and being part of the community is about,” he said.
Shockwave is the latest part of the Northway Mall revitalization.
Aptel Hotel will open next door to the park later this summer. Mall manager Mao Tosi said when he started at Northway five years ago it was only half full of tenants; now it’s 90 percent full and employs more than 400 people.
“We can provide jobs for our community here locally, but also provide a shopping center that can be cost effective,” Tosi said.
Anchor stores like Burlington Coat Factory bring in customers, but Tosi said his goal is to make the mall attractive for small businesses too.
“We’re not the Dimond Mall, we’re not Tikahtnu or 5th. We’re a community mall and we’re proud of it,” he said.
Saafi Design has been a tenant for three years. Manager Henry Saafi said it was the perfect place for their three-person graphic design operation.
“It was affordable and the demographic. I grew up on this side of town I love it over here. And the people too,” Saafi said.
Shockwave staff are excited to get to know the people, as well.
“We looked at the neighborhoods and areas with the families and we thought the community part of this business would fit perfectly and that’s why we’re here,” Jenkins said.
Shockwave will hold a job fair on Sunday, July 10 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, July 11 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The grand opening is scheduled for July 30.
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