The Purdy Shopping Center, built in the 1970s, is undergoing its first major facelift. By the time it’s done, shoppers will see new walkways, improved parking, a new façade and other changes.

“We wanted to modernize it and make it more appealing,” said Dave Morris, a managing partner with the Purdy Shopping Center, LLC. Depending on the weather, the work is expected to be finished by March, he added.

It took about nine months to get through the permitting process, Morris said. Reviews were needed not only from Pierce County but also from the city of Gig Harbor, because the area is within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (which means an area that could at some point be incorporated into the city limits).

“We’ve been getting a tremendous amount of compliments,” Morris said.

Meantime, a new business was getting ready to open inside the Bridgeway Market called Rib Ticklers. The new eatery was being added at press time inside the market, which reduced its produce space to accommodate the deli.

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