Stumpy’s Hatchet House, an indoor hatchet-throwing venue, will open Wednesday in Manheim Township.
Located just off Fruitville Pike at 401 Granite Run Drive, Stumpy’s Hatchet House takes a 9,000-square-foot space with 12 lanes where customers can throw hatchets at wooden targets.
Customers rent time by the hour, with a per-person rate of $20 an hour. A two-hour session is recommended for groups of five or more.
Stumpy’s Hatchet House has a snack bar with some food and drinks, although customers are encouraged to bring their own food as well as beer and wine.
Before each session, a coach will offer instruction on throwing the hatchet and will then monitor groups and offer pointers if needed. It will operate with about 10 employees.
Stumpy’s Hatchet House has an online reservation system although some lanes typically will be reserved for walk-ins. Reservations are recommended on weekends.
Six of the 12 throwing lanes are in a back room that can be closed off and used for private events. Groups also can use the space on Monday and Tuesday when it isn’t open to the general public.
Stumpy’s Hatchet House is limited to guests 21 years and older, although it may have occasional events for families.
Stumpy’s Hatchet House opening next week along Granite Run Drive in Manheim Township. pic.twitter.com/TCeU7E7xp5— Chad Umble (@ChadUmbleLNP) January 16, 2019
The first Stumpy’s Hatchet House opened in Eatontown, New Jersey, in April 2016 and began opening franchise locations that fall. Today there are six active locations and 17 listed on its website as “coming soon.”
The franchisees for the new Lancaster location are Bob Grote and Joe and Tracy Fritsche. Grote, who is Tracy’s brother, owns Peak Elevation Outfitters and was one of the original owners of Lancaster Brewing Co.
Joe Fritsche, who had been working as an information technology consultant in central New Jersey, said he was looking for a change when he heard about Stumpy’s Hatchet House about a year ago and decided to open a franchise location in the Lancaster area with his brother-in-law.
On Granite Run Drive, Stumpy’s Hatchet House takes a spot that previously was the home of Fame, a cheerleading dance gym.
Our own @ChadUmbleLNP takes a few tries w/ a hatchet at a new Stumpy’s Hatchet Throwing business in Granite Run. They open Sunday. Go out and give it a try. I thought it was fun and with the proper instruction, not too difficult.
@LancasterOnline pic.twitter.com/WJBCUb0mJ4— Suzette Wenger (@SuzetteLNP) January 16, 2019