Westfield Knox has announced the next stage of its $355 million redevelopment will open from 8 June, 2023, featuring an enhanced fashion and lifestyle offer with 20 new and returning retailers, community initiatives including a full-sized NBL basketball court and nature-inspired outdoor kids play space.   

Westfield Knox centre manager, Kristian Nicholls said, “Our $355 million investment in Westfield Knox is progressing well as we prepare to open the next stage of the development in just a few weeks’ time.   A series of new and returning fashion and lifestyle brands will open the doors to their new stores for the first time, as well as our new full-sized NBL basketball court and outdoor kids play space – creating more reasons for our customers to visit and spend time with us.” 

The fashion and lifestyle retail offer will see the opening of Gorman, All About Eve and Dangerfield, with Forever New, Decjuba, Factorie and Ally making a return. Men’s fashion will see streetwear at the forefront with the new-look Neverland and YD stores.

Customers will also benefit from new additions including outdoor adventure retailer, Macpac, premium lifestyle and US streetwear retailer, Statewide Sports, interactive bikes from Trek Bikes and running experts, ASICS. Kathmandu and JB Hi-Fi will relocate from Ozone, while rebel will open its largest ‘rcx’ (rebel Customer Experience) format store in Victoria focusing on interaction and immersion. There will also be a new-look KX Pilates and café Moon & Spoon.

A full-sized NBL basketball court will open alongside the enhanced fashion and lifestyle offer, managed in partnership with local basketball association, Knox Basketball, which will see junior teams use it for training, competition games and clinics during the school holidays.   

Children will be able to test their skills on the climber and big tree net in the new outdoor kids play space inspired by the local environment of the Dandenong Ranges. The region’s plants and animals feature in the interactive design which also dedicates space for families to rest and relax in the shaded seating areas or enjoy food from the nearby Sugar Buns café.   

A new parking management system will also launch in line with the opening, with licence plate recognition and guidance technology. There is a free parking period of up to three hours available to all customers and up to four hours for Westfield members. Customers can access all-gender amenities on level two and a calm room on level one, as well as artwork by Indigenous artists the Young family and Brook Andrew. 

“This next phase of the development is a significant milestone in the broader transformation and takes us one step closer to delivering a world-class retail social and lifestyle destination for Melbourne’s East. We look forward to sharing more exciting fashion, dining and international mini-major retailer news over the coming months,” Nicholls added.