Primark Shares First Look At Their ‘Friends’ Themed Café

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, News, TV, UK
Published 12.06.19

Primark has shared the first look at its Friends-themed Central Perk cafe in Manchester which is open now.

I envy the Friends gang because if I were one of them right now I’d be sat in a coffee shop – on a Wednesday morning – doing absolutely no work.

Instead I’m drinking coffee in the office doing absolutely no work. Coffee shops are much nicer environments to do sod all in.

The hilarious 90s sitcom about six, twenty-somethings living in New York and dealing with the pressures and perils of young adulthood really struck a chord with a whole generation and after all these years I’ve worked out why.


Us millennials love sitting around, socialising and not going to work.

But what else do us millennials famously love? Avocados? Yes. Crippling debt. Abso-friggin-lutely. But most of all we love a bargain.

Until now Friends and bargains have been mostly separate, but Primark have just introduced a Central Perk cafe to one of their flagship stores and nothing will ever be the same again.

That’s right, a Friends-themed cafe is opening today at the Primark mega store in Market Street, Manchester – a notoriously massive building to all those who have lived there.


And they’ve shared their first proper glimpse of it, complete with Friends memorabilia, including a replica of the iconic orange sofa.

Less than 24 hours to go until the Central Perk Cafe in our Manchester store opens! Who's excited? 🙌

Posted by Primark on Tuesday, June 11, 2019


If you’re wondering why this is a thing, it’s because Warner Bros. have decided to celebrate 25 years (25 years!) since the show first hit our screens. Why they decided to do it in Manchester beats me.

However, I have to say it’s look pretty darn realistic.


The new café will come with New York-inspired drinks and giant coffee cups, as well as limited edition branded products available to purchase exclusively in the Manchester branch of Primark.


It will also be totally sustainable, with bosses promising the café will use ethically-sourced coffee beans and compostable cups.

In addition to snacks, the Primark version of the cafe will offer customers an array of Friends-themed merchandise and memorabilia to buy, including t-shirts and mugs.

Tim Kelly, Primark’s director of new business development, said: “We are hugely excited to be bringing the first branded Central Perk Café in fashion retail in the UK to the British high street.

“Customers can relax and have fun there whilst also enjoying our amazing fashion at amazing prices in our Manchester store.”

I mean, if ever there was a reason to go to Manchester this is it.


Sure it might be the home of the Industrial Revolution, good, honest working class people and the best darn football team in the world, Manchester United, but this cafe is clearly its crowning glory.

Friends really is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Images via Primark/NBC