Northern Ireland’s leading indoor play franchise, Funky Monkeys Soft Play Café, have swung into action with Tesco, in a move that will see them open two new UK centres in November of this year.
Based in Newport, Wales and Stockton, England, the move signals a change of pace for the soft play brand with the new centres located within Tesco Extra stores.
Mark Simpson, Director of Funky Monkeys commented “We’re extremely excited to be partnering with Tesco for the launch of two new Funky Monkeys Soft Play Café centres in mainland UK. We’ve established a great brand and reputation within Northern Ireland and the move across the water seemed like a natural progression for the business.”
“We pride ourselves on providing the perfect environment for children to let their imaginations run wild, have adventures, get active, make new friends and simply have fun, while for parents and grandparents, our centres offer a welcome break, providing a chance to relax over a great cup of coffee. We hope that these key values, as well as our newly established links with such a well-known brand as Tesco, will help to quickly establish the Funky Monkeys name in the rest of the UK.”
James Wiggam, Corporate Affairs manager for Tesco said ‘We’re looking forward to working with Funky Monkeys. The soft play centres will give busy families in Newport and Stockton the opportunity to combine the weekly shop with some fun for their little monkeys, making our two stores even better destinations for customers. ’
Established in 2008, Funky Monkeys Soft Play Café opened their first centre in Lurgan and since then, the brand has gone from strength to strength, now with 8 centres across the province. Aimed at children aged 8 years and under, the business aims to provides a fun, active, inspiring and family friendly centre for children to learn and develop their minds through play.