Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce Presents Corporate Star Award to Outlets of Des Moines

PICTURED: From Left to Right – Alex Lynch, Executive Director, East Polk Innovation Collaborative; Ashley Gumm, Branch Manager, Great Western Bank; Julie Dawson, Marketing Director, Outlets of Des Moines; and TJ Just, General Manager, Outlets of Des Moines (Photo Credit – Kelly Kesling Photography)

ALTOONA, IOWA (March 2019) – Outlets of Des Moines ( was recently awarded the Corporate Star Award by the Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce. The Corporate Star Award is presented annually to businesses that demonstrate all-around excellence in business, exceptional customer service, community involvement and a commitment to local youth and nonprofit development.

“In 2017, Outlets of Des Moines opened its doors and added the cherry on top to an already strong economy for this community,” explained Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melissa Horton. “Under the leadership of General Manager, TJ Just and Marketing Director Julie Dawson, Outlets of Des Moines is a truly distinctive shopping destination featuring some of the nation’s best brand names, including a Nike Factory Store, Old Navy, Le Creuset, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and more. With no other outlet center within 80 miles, Outlets of Des Moines is a strong statewide draw,” Melissa Horton further mentioned during the awards presentation.

“We are delighted to receive the Corporate Star Award from the Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce recognizing the completion of our first year in business at Outlets of Des Moines,” stated TJ Just, General Manager of Outlets of Des Moines. “Local residents and visitors alike have been extremely welcoming and supportive of our center and we are proud to be a part of this vibrant community,” he concludes.

Noting the evolution of the Altoona business community, the Altoona Area Chamber explained how Altoona is a regional entertainment center, providing attractions such as Adventureland Amusement Park, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino and Bass Pro Shops. Outlets of Des Moines, an open-air lifestyle destination developed and managed by New England Development, is conveniently located at this established destination for entertainment and shopping at the intersection of I-80 and US-65 in Altoona.

Outlets of Des Moines

Real Brands. Unreal Savings. Save up to 70 percent off on America’s most desired brands at Outlets of Des Moines, an open-air lifestyle destination developed by New England Development. Discover popular stores: Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Michael Kors, Old Navy Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Vera Bradley Factory Outlet Store, LOFT Outlet, Converse, Lucky Brand, Bath & Body Works, American Eagle, ASICS, Express Factory Outlet, SKECHERS and francesca’s.

Located at 801 Bass Pro Drive, NW in Altoona, Iowa, from I-80 west take exit 141 and from I-80 east take exit 142. It is also served by public transportation via DART’s Route 17. Visit for schedule details.

New England Development

For over 40 years, New England Development has taken a creative, entrepreneurial approach to real estate development and management, delivering and sustaining successful projects across a wide range of property types and across the country. New England Development’s robust portfolio of retail projects includes an exciting mix of outlet centers including Outlets of Des Moines in Altoona, Iowa; Asheville Outlets in Asheville, North Carolina; Clarksburg Premium Outlets in Clarksburg, Maryland; Outlets of Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas; and Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach, Florida.