Maybugs, the East Sussex based independent gift retailer, is to open a brand-new store in Bexhill-On-Sea.

This will be Maybugs third store, after the opening of Hailsham in 2018 and Eastbourne in 2021.

Maybugs is owned by couple Greg Rose and John Dale, who say are on a mission to bring life back to empty shops on our local high streets. Maybugs Bexhill will open towards the end of June 2022, on Devonshire Road in the old British Bookshops and Stationers shop. The new store opening will create 6 permanent jobs as well as several seasonal positions.

On announcing the opening of the new branch Greg said.

“We are thrilled to be brining Maybugs to Bexhill. Last year we conducted a poll on our social media pages asking where people would like us to open, and Bexhill was the winner by miles. Over the next few months, we embarked on a fact-finding mission, to assess the viability of a Bexhill Store and trying to find the perfect location. Early this year we secured a site on Devonshire Road on a ten-year lease and since then we have been quietly working away in the background preparing for the launch.”

“There’s quite a bit of work to do to get the shop up to Maybugs standards and to make it as fabulous as possible. If all goes to plan, we look forward to welcoming everyone to our launch in late June!”

John said.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing our unique take on gift retailing to Bexhill. Of course, customers should expect to find all the fabulous things we have become known for stocking at the other two stores, including brands such as Wrendale, Inis and JellyCat. However, there will be lots of new things exclusively stocked at the Bexhill branch too.”

“Bexhill already has an array of fabulous independent retailers and big brands, and we hope to compliment the overall offering in the town, helping to draw in new shoppers and building relationships with the local community organisations too.”

On the expansion of the Maybugs brand, Greg Said.

“Maybugs has grown faster than we ever expected! With the two stores in Hailsham and Eastbourne going from strength to strength, it made perfect sense to invest in the business and open a third before the summer season kicks in. Of course, retail continues to be tricky and shopping patterns now are very different to pre-pandemic times. However, our Bicks and Morter stores, combined with our brand-new website are enabling the business to grow both in-store and online. We believe a strong High Street presence combined with a fully functional website is the future for independent retailing.”