Asheville Outlets Wins Commendation in the ICSC 2017 U.S. Design and Development Awards

Country’s most innovative properties honored at ICSC’s 2017 CenterBuild Conference

SCOTTSDALE, November 30, 2017 – The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has announced the winners of the 2017 U.S. Design and Development Awards competition, recognizing excellence, innovation and creativity in the U.S. retail real estate industry. ICSC has named Asheville Outlets, located in Asheville, North Carolina as a Commendation winner in the Renovations and Expansions category.  Asheville Outlets was developed and is managed by New England Development. 

Sharon Morgan, Asheville Outlets General Manager, commented, “We are honored that Asheville Outlets won this prestigious award and pleased to be recognized by ICSC for the creative reimagining of a regional mall into a successful outlet center”.   Only nine real estate developments throughout the country won an award, and Asheville Outlets was the only outlet center to achieve this distinction.

Asheville Outlets is the redevelopment of an enclosed regional shopping center into an expansive multi-building open-air center. The unique mountain village design layout incorporates architectural elements reflective of the region’s historic charm and features stone cladding, wood accents, paved pedestrian walkways, water fountains, landscaped gardens, and a variety of seating areas. The 325,000-square-foot center is ideally located five miles from Asheville’s eclectic downtown with easy access from the interstate, and houses some of the most popular names in the outlet industry including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Coach, J. Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Vera Bradley, and one of the country’s first Field and Stream stores.

Professional recognition for this program was given to the following companies:

  • Development Company: New England Development
  • Owners: New England Development; Tremont Realty Capital, a division of The RMR Group
  • Architect: Adams + Associates Architecture
  • Graphic/Lighting Designer: Adams + Associates Architecture
  • General Contractor: Winter Construction
  • Management Company: New England Development
  • Leasing Companies: New England Development; FFO Real Estate Advisors

The ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards competition was open to shopping center owners, developers, management companies, architects, designers, retailers, and other professionals responsible for retail projects or retail store designs that demonstrated outstanding development or redevelopment characteristics with a high degree of creativity and uniqueness within the continental U.S. The competition focused on four general categories: Renovations and Expansions; New Developments; Sustainable Design and Retail Store Design.

ICSC announced the winners during an awards ceremony at ICSC’s RetailGreen and CenterBuild Conference in Scottsdale.

About New England Development

For over forty 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. These projects transform complex challenges into preferred locations, generate long-term value to communities, afford compelling opportunities for local and national businesses, and offer sought-after experiences to a wide range of consumers.

The company is acclaimed for creating some of the country's most widely-recognized and successful regional centers, as well as multifaceted developments that combine retail, residential, hotel, and office uses. Outlet centers, high-end and street-front retail, airport retail, golf courses, restaurants, and marinas round out New England Development's robust portfolio. For more information visit

About ICSC

ICSC serves the global retail real estate industry. We provide our 70,000+ member network in over 100 countries with invaluable resources, connections and industry insights, and actively work together to shape public policy. For more information about ICSC visit