Back before it was Diamond Food Market, it was Barrett Grocery. Owned and operated by Bill Barrett, the grocery store back then ended right past the check outs and you would find carpet on the floors. On the other side of the store was Barrett’s Cafeteria and a jewelry store. Prior to it being a grocery store, the building housed a hardware and feed store.
Stanley Munger, the produce/grocery manager, has been with Diamond since it was Barrett’s. In fact 6 months after getting out of the Army, he said he was ‘a poor boy with a new baby and he had to find a job’, 50 years later he’s still there and according to those that work with him, they aren’t willing to let him retire any time soon.
In September of 1988, Walter Smith purchased the grocery store from Bill Barrett. Walter and his wife, Florence, had opened their first store in an area called Diamond Hill on the North side of Fort Worth. This was the origin of the name “Diamond” and thus when the Van Alstyne store was purchased from Bill Barrett in 1988, it was renamed Diamond Food Store.
Shantel Zabel is the assistant manager, but she said she started working there 19 years ago at the age of 16 because like any teenager, she needed to make extra money.
Kristi Wilks grew up a block away from Diamond, and a week after it became Diamond back in ’88, she started working as a checker. She was Junior in High School at the time and 31 years later she’s worked her way up through various positions and is now the manager at the store with 25 employees.