Ben Bridge has left Tacoma Mall in favor of a new location near Tacoma Mall

After more than 40 years at Tacoma Mall, Ben Bridge Jeweler will celebrate the opening of its new store on Saturday and Sunday.

The new facility, which nearly doubles the amount of floor space Ben Bridge occupied inside the mall, is located at 4733 Tacoma Mall Blvd., Suite 100.

“It’s a unique opportunity to get a presence right on the freeway, and it’s a lot more space,” said store manager Bob Swanson.

“The new model at Ben Bridge is to move out of a mall,” he said. “It gives us a new adventure. Our customers really have liked it.”

Founded in Seattle, the company maintains some 65 stores on the West Coast plus locations in Minnesota, Texas and Hawaii, Swanson said.

The festivities this weekend will include an invitation-only ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, with the Grand Opening party extending into Saturday and Sunday.