Situated on the west bank of the Hudson River with a population of just under 100,000 is the city of Albany. Albany is home to a thriving commercial scene and provides a plethora of business opportunities, from its world-class museums and art galleries to large shopping malls and scenic views. Helping business owners, developers, and start-ups realize their goals in this thriving city are the finest retail contractors.

Our editorial team decided to turn its attention to the city, and we have selected the best retail contractors in Albany, New York. These contractors were chosen after we evaluated each firm’s previous projects, their media exposure, the awards they have won, and the years they have spent in the industry. 

Bunkoff General Contractors, Inc.

790 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110

Having over a total of four generations’ worth of experience and expertise, Bunkoff General Contractors, Inc. is a giant when it comes to the industry. With a strong reputation behind it, the firm is competitive when dealing with projects of all sizes and fueled by its passion for growth and client satisfaction. 

The firm is now accredited with Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Empire State Chapter, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). 

Starbucks at Shop Rite Plaza is a top-tier example of the firm’s retail projects. It is a compact, yet spacious establishment, with a classic Starbucks theme to set the mood. It features an open parking space on the outside, as well as comfortable furniture for customers who want to stay and relax. 

Bonacquisti Brothers Construction

20 Center Street, Suite 1, Albany, NY 12204

Bonacquisti Brothers Construction is a contracting firm that specializes in taking on projects of diverse and complex features. With over 36 years of service in Albany, the firm makes sure that each of its projects is up to its desired standard and built with creativity, diversity, and experience in mind. 

The firm’s portfolio features a diverse set of projects for various clients. One of its notable examples is Northeastern Fine Jewelry. This high-end jewelry store features multiple luxurious furniture and displays, a fashionable design, and a comfortable appeal for its customers and staff alike. The exterior design is characterized by a minimalist theme and is accompanied by a scenic environment. 

Rosch Brothers Inc.

424 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, NY 12110

Rosch Brothers Inc. is a contractor more than capable of serving exceptional results to its clients. Its impressive capabilities are the result of more than 100 years of experience in the industry. It is a family-owned, mid-sized commercial and residential construction company that has been well-known in the industry for its outstanding carpentry skills since its establishment in 1920, and it has earned accreditations along the way from organizations such as the Eastern Contractors Association. 

Rosch Brothers has built an extensive portfolio throughout the years that reflects its commitment to quality and detail. A noteworthy project is the firm’s take on Starbucks, located at the College of Saint Rose in Albany. The project features dark timber flooring, marble countertops, and hanging light fixtures. Combining this with the use of basic and composite colors, the firm was able to create an unrivaled Starbucks experience through its interior design. 

BBL Construction Services

302 Washington Avenue Ext, Albany, NY 12203

BBL Construction Services is a contracting company with over 48 years of expertise when it comes to design-build commercial projects. It is a construction industry leader, constantly appearing on top-ranking lists compiled by a variety of organizations and publications. The firm works on a wide range of projects, including office, commercial, governmental, student housing, medical, and heavy construction.

The firm has been featured plenty of times in several publications, including Engineering News-Record (ENR), Modern Healthcare, and Albany Business Review. The firm has also earned certifications from the USGBC and the American Public Works Association and it has garnered awards such as the Associated General Contractors of New York – State Safety Excellence Award and Modern Healthcare Top Design-Build Firm. Featured below is the firm’s take on a Chevrolet outlet. It features the trademark Chevrolet blue, plenty of open parking space, and a clean, well-managed interior. 

Performance Contracting Group

107 Hermes Road, Suite 150, Malta, NY 12020

Among all the principles present in Performance Contracting Group, the most fundamental are teamwork and collaboration, which the firm feels are elements crucial to each project’s success. Collaboration within the team is a must in order to deliver an exceptional product to demanding clients. 

In just 34 years, the firm has worked on several retail projects, big and small. A prime example of the firm’s retail projects—as you can see for yourself in the Performance portfolio—is the Resorts World Las Vegas. The massive structure incorporates the luxurious design of the contemporary resort with state-of-the-art technology to provide its guests and customers a night of lavish pleasure.

Sano Rubin Construction Services, LLC

624 Delaware Avenue, Albany, NY 12209

Sano Rubin Construction Services, LLC takes pride in building strong, long-lasting relationships with every individual client. The firm is able to form these close customer-client relationships through its comprehensive method of tackling each project focused on the best value: budget costs are kept to a minimum while optimizing the level of quality. 

This Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP company has earned the respect and certification of associations such as AGC and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). The firm has also won awards, including the AGC NYS Excellence in Partnering Award and multiple National Safety Excellence Awards. 

Below you’ll find the Price Chopper Market 32 East Greenbush Conversion, a retail project that took multiple shifts over five months to complete. The conversion process includes a new floor plan, new designs and finishes, and new equipment and facilities. 

MLB Construction Services, LLC

7 Southwoods Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY  12211

It is not enough for a firm to just be an expert in the construction industry. A quality structure is always built on a foundation of trust and integrity— at least that’s what MLB Construction Services, LLC believes. MLB Construction Services, LLC has been providing building solutions through a collaborative approach to the best interest of a client’s project. The firm is also consistently ranked as one of the region’s leading suppliers of extensive construction services by The Business Review and it is especially skilled as a general contractor, construction manager, and design/build contractor for different types of projects. 

In the retail sector, the firm constructs retail facilities that actively attract customers. A great example is the Chick-fil-A outlet store in Williamsburg. The firm managed to provide a space that displays quality materials into the restaurant design, emphasizing a practical, attractive space for affordable fast food.

Gilbane Building Company

7 Southwoods Boulevard, 3rd Floor Albany, NY 12211

Gilbane Building Company is one of New York’s oldest allies in helping retail contractors transform their ideas into retail spaces. For more than a century and a half, the company has been providing reliable and promising projects across the country.  The firm’s consistency has been recognized quite often; it’s a Ten-Time Associated General Contractors Award Winner. The global firm has also been featured in several publications, including The Daily Reporter and Dorchester Reporter.

Gilbane Building Company has provided unique building solutions built with cutting-edge and sustainable services for customers across the nation. One of its retail projects, the Baker Furniture Showroom Renovation, showcases this best. This complex 20,000-square-foot restoration of the Baker Furniture Showroom in Chicago includes high-end, highly detailed finishes, and one-of-a-kind decorative elements to complement Baker’s upmarket product range. The firm also highlighted high-end items, such as furniture, lighting, fabric, wallpaper, fine art, and carpets throughout the whole site. 

Bonacio Construction Inc.

915 Broadway, Suite 301, Albany, NY 12207

Bonacio Construction Inc. has made its way to the top residential and commercial contractors in the region by perfecting an innovative approach that delivers effectiveness, reliability, and transparency. Established in 1988, Bonacio Construction Inc. is an award-winning firm that houses a skilled team of 150 local artists and experts in residential and commercial construction. The firm was also voted as the Best Contractor in The Saratogian’s Readers’ Choice Awards and has also been named as one of the Top Workplaces by the Times Union for Midsize Employers. 

In just three decades, Bonacio Construction Inc. has worked on various projects of different scales. In their retail section, the firm’s work on the Northshire Bookstore in New York stands out. The firm managed to incorporate the bookstore into a mixed-use building while transforming the area from a plain white box into a two-story retail facility. The project also includes the installation of the store’s framework, woodwork, flooring, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. The site’s square footage came to a total of 9,013. 


915 Broadway, Suite 301, Albany, NY 12207

At Consigli, building is more than just a profession— it’s about making a genuine difference in communities. Founded in 1905, Consigli is a fourth-generation, employee-owned construction manager and general contractor devoted to enriching communities through timeless, functional spaces. Because of the firm’s interactive approach to each project, it has been able to create spaces centered on an extensive understanding of a client’s goal. Both the Fast Company Magazine and Washington Business Journal have highlighted the firm’s quality of craftsmanship, its broad industry expertise, and its large staff of professional builders. 

Consigli’s comprehensive portfolio includes a wide range of projects of different scales, serving a diversified spectrum of clients in different sectors. One of the firm’s notable projects in recent years is The Anthem in Washington, D.C. This 130,000-square-foot entertainment and events venue anchors a 24-acre waterfront development and includes a hotel, a number of residential and business buildings, restaurants, bars, retail space, and leisure areas. Consigli managed to integrate electrical and plumbing systems while also installing kitchen equipment. The NAIOP DC|MD Awards of Excellence presented this project with the Best Retail Project Award in 2018.


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management