Maybugs is to open in Eastbourne Town Centre on July 30.

More than 400 people applied for the various roles at the new store.

Maybugs, the Hailsham-based independent gift and homewares retailer is to open a second much larger branch in Eastbourne this summer, breathing life into a large empty site in the centre of the town.

Maybugs will be taking over all three floors of the former Laura Ashley site on Terminus Road.

Greg Rose and John Dale, the co-owners of Maybugs and driving force for local independent retail in Hailsham, are pressing ahead with their ambitious expansion plans despite the pandemic and lockdown setbacks over the past 12 months.

Greg Rose said “John and I are just too excited, we’ve been working on this in secret for months. Covid delayed our expansion plans, but not even that was going to stop us. We are ready and raring to bring beautiful things to the fabulous people of Eastbourne.

“We have so many wonderful customers that come from Eastbourne to shop with us in Hailsham, or order online via our website, that it was a natural move for us to open a second store here.

“The shop location is such a beautiful old building but has begun to look rather sad since it’s been left vacant.

We can’t wait to get stuck in and help rejuvenate that end of the town with a bit of Maybugs magic.”