Dimond Center was founded by Joe and Patty Ashlock in 1977. It started out as a simple neighborhood shopping center, with just 180,000 square feet. With time and effort it has grown and today Dimond Center is home to retail stores, restaurants, professional offices, a bowling alley, ice chalet, athletic club, and movie theaters. Currently, it covers 8½ blocks. It has gone from being a modest neighborhood shopping venue to the largest Shopping Center in Alaska.
A key to Dimond Center’s development is its priority to maximize the synergy from all its different facets: shopping, dining, business, and entertainment; creating a community hub that meets the needs of Alaskans. Joe and Patty wanted local families to be able to go to shop, socialize, have fun, and dine in a safe, family-friendly environment; thus the Dimond Center that exists today.
Over the years, and through expansions, they have invested in the local community: creating jobs and boosting commerce. Dimond Center has also made a point of giving back to the community that has given it so much.
Dimond Center remains family-owned business, run by the next generation, with the same commitment to family and community as the day it was founded.