VISION: Family & Community
Dimond Center was founded by Joe & 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 expanded. Today, Dimond Center is home to retail stores, restaurants, professional offices, a bowling alley, ice chalet, athletic club and movie theaters. Currently, it covers about 8 ½ blocks. It has gone from being a modest neighborhood shopping venue to being 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, entertainment; creating a community hub that meets Alaskan's needs. One of the reasons behind creating this unique space was family. Joe & 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.
Today, Dimond Center is still a family owned business, run by the next generation, with the same commitment to family and community as the day it was founded.