This illustration shows how the former Diva shop might look when Magnet takes over.

Long-empty Uckfield shop has been let

A long-empty shop on the corner of Framfield Road and High Street in New Town has been let. It was last occupied by the hairdressing salon, Diva.Divas

Magnet magazine, which is owned by Ridgewood couple Ollie and Adele Tratham, intends to use part of the building as offices but also plans a retail area featuring the type of home accessories and furniture that appear in the magazine.

Adele told that while Magnet was very much a presence as a magazine, its people were not very visible while currently operating from a converted garage at the couple’s home.

She said: “We feel now is the right time to become more a part of the local community and put ourselves in a more prominent position so that people know who we are.”

She said the retail outlet, which was very much a part of Magnet, would be known as Saffron and Sycamore. Local crafts people and artists would be encouraged to show their work there as well.

Adele said the plan was to open at the beginning of April once the shop had been refurbished.

Magnet is 25 years old. It was launched by Mary Hillier who ran the business in High Hurstwood. Adele began working with Mary about nine years ago and eventually she, and her husband Ollie, bought the magazine and have developed it from there.

It is distributed across East Sussex as far as Tunbridge Wells and Hastings and west from there to East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.

Adele added: “We are very excited about the move and it will be exciting for the town as well because we hope the magazine will become Uckfield’s magazine and that people will take some ownership of it. It will be good for the town to have a new shop too.”

The shop was let by commercial agents Oldfield Smith & Co.

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