DES MOINES, IOWA (April 17, 2017) – New England Development has named TJ Just as General Manager of Outlets of Des Moines in Altoona, Iowa. Just will lead a management team responsible for marketing, operating and maintaining the center. This role includes managing tenant, customer, and community relations, as well as local leasing.
Just comes to New England Development’s Outlets of Des Moines with more than 16 years experience in the retail industry. Most recently, he was a Vice President, General Manager for Jones Lang LaSalle where he was responsible for overall management of a regional shopping center in northern Iowa. Prior to that position, he worked in Chicago, Illinois where he led leasing efforts for all types of retail.
Just has been around the retail industry his entire life as his father was in the shopping center business operating malls in South Dakota, Missouri, Ohio and Iowa. He holds both the Certified Shopping Center Manager and Certified Leasing Specialist designations from the International Council of Shopping Centers.
“It’s rare to find someone like TJ who both grew up in the retail industry and has devoted his entire career to property management and leasing for malls in the Midwest,” said Issie Shait, senior vice president of property management for New England Development. “He’s innovative, experienced and the kind of leader that Outlets of Des Moines will need to serve one of the fastest-growing and economically vibrant regions in the nation.” Just is a native of South Dakota and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. He and his wife will be moving to Greater Des Moines from Mason City, Iowa and he will start his new job for New England Development on April 17.
About Outlets of Des Moines
Outlets of Des Moines will share the same Altoona exit as popular area attractions and retailers such as Adventureland Amusement Park; Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel; and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. The center will include approximately 70 stores, featuring some of the nation’s most popular brand names. Outlets of Des Moines is a project of Massachusetts-based New England Development and is scheduled to open on October 20, 2017. For additional information about Outlets of Des Moines and its progress, visit www.outletsofdesmoines.com.
About New England Development
For nearly 40 years, New England Development has taken a creative, entrepreneurial approachto real estate development and management, delivering and sustaining successful projectsacross a wide range of property types and across the country. New England Development’s growing portfolio of retail projects includes an exciting mix of outlet centers including AshevilleOutlets in Asheville, North Carolina; Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach, Florida; Outletsof Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas; and Clarksburg Premium Outlets in Clarksburg,Maryland. Under construction is Outlets of Des Moines in Altoona, Iowa, scheduled to open October 20, 2017. For more information, visit www.NEDevelopment.com.