Pharmacies and drugstores in the US are brick and mortar locations that trace their origins to the first apothecary opened by Irish immigrant Christopher Marshall in Philadelphia in 1729. This pioneer pharmaceutical enterprise became a leading retail store that provided more accessible cures and remedies for the sick. For more than 90 years, the Marshall Pharmacy revolutionized the way people bought medicine and drugs. Today, retail pharmacies and drugstores continue to be a key destination for health products. As of 2018, 35% of all retail pharmacies are independently-owned while the rest are chain stores such as Walgreens, CVS, and Kroger.
Our team has looked at hundreds of general contractors in key areas of the U.S. in order to create this robust list of the best pharmacy contractors. These contractors are capable of building both a local name or a franchise of a national brand. We evaluated and selected them based on a variety of criteria—we considered factors such as experience, trade mastery, and industry accreditations. We also took into account awards, press features, and other recognitions these firms have received.
Allied Builders System
1717 Akahi St., Honolulu, HI 96819
Allied Builders System (ABS) has been serving Hawaii with exceptional projects since 1970. This residential and commercial general contractor provides a complete range of planning and construction services: commercial remodeling, hospitality/medical construction, new mid-rise buildings, and industrial facilities. It specializes in design-assist and design-build delivery methods. Headquartered on Oahu, ABS is highly experienced in working on medium- and large-scale neighbor island projects. Its large network of subcontractors across the state allows them to offer competitive pricing on all of the islands.
Company president Gary Oda leads the company. He has guided the company for the past 15 years and was instrumental in the employee majority purchase of the company in 2005. He possesses a great number of notable projects on his resume: condominiums, hotels, restaurants, and commercial developments. He is a member of the General Contractors Association, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and Building Industry Association.
ABS has successfully completed many projects for CVS Longs Drugs throughout Hawaii. This 25,000-square-foot CVS Longs Drugs in Maui Lani was completed on time and was the first tenant in the new Maui Lani Village Center to open. The new building includes a pharmacy, restrooms, a receiving area with a loading dock ramp, offices, a mezzanine storage level, and, of course, a retail area.
6712 N. Cutter Circle, Portland, OR 97217
In 1950, Andy Andersen sought to start his construction company with his first project: a small concrete tilt-up warehouse and office. It still stands today in Portland and the Andersen legacy of excellent construction was passed on to his son David. Having grown up around construction, David was a natural in the field and in 1988 he took the reigns of the company. He transformed the once industrial and retail contractor to a multi-faceted company that now handles healthcare, high-tech, and multifamily housing markets.
This major Oregon contractor has over 1,000 completed projects in the area, and its iconic projects include the original downtown Hilton Hotel, the US Post Office, the Kaiser Westside Medical Center, Cosmopolitan Tower, and OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building. Its relationship-based approach to contracting and expertise in concrete construction is evident in its recognition as part of the Top 100 General Contractors in the US by Building Design + Construction for three consecutive years.
Located in the Swedish Ballard Hospital, this 3,680 square-foot renovation was built on the second floor of a fully occupied facility. The company delivered a new compounding area, remote compressors for refrigerators, an open pharmacy, an office room, a conference room, a locker area, and a staff break room.
Benson-Orth General Contractors
1000 Boone Ave. N, Suite #100, Golden Valley, MN 55427
Benson-Orth Associates was launched in July of 1969 by partners Ken Benson and Bob Orth. With humble beginnings in Benson’s basement in Golden Valley, the design-build firm was aimed to provide general contracting services to the local Twin Cities community. Throughout the five decades of its operation, Benson-Orth completed hundreds of projects. These included shopping centers, foundries, single- and multi-story offices, medical buildings, auto dealerships, hotels, heavy manufacturing buildings, and multi-family/senior housing. With the changing of leadership in 2009 under Mike Monson, Benson-Orth General Contractors gained a fresh perspective into building technology. It continues to deliver the best construction solutions throughout businesses in Minnesota.
Benson-Orth’s retail portfolio includes furniture stores, pharmacies, hotels, and restaurants. Featured here is the Walgreens Pharmacy on Ford Parkway, a 9,000-square-foot plus store completed by the company in St. Paul. Its other retail projects have won awards, including the Finance & Commerce 2017 Top Projects Award and the MSCA’s Shopping Center Tribute Award for Retail Real Estate.
C.R. Crawford Construction
1102 S Happy Hollow Rd. Fayetteville, AR 72701
Founded in 2006, C.R. Crawford Construction has become a force in the construction industry of Arkansas in just one short decade. It is the largest construction management and general contracting firm headquartered in northwest Arkansas and has earned the title of Arkansas Business of the Year in 2016. Founder Cody Crawford attributes the success of the company to a foundation of hard work and customer satisfaction.
Retail construction for clients such as Wal-Mart, Academy Sports, and Harps Foods make up a third of the company’s projects. Other projects C.R. Crawford specializes in are office, medical, education, financial and restaurant. The company offers services in project planning, construction management, general contracting, and design-build.
One of its retail specializations is pharmacies. It has completed CVS Pharmacies in Conway, Fayetteville, Little Rock, Rogers, and Springdale.
Cooper Construction Company
761 South Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731
Headquartered in North Carolina, Cooper Construction Company has been proudly serving the Carolinas and Tennessee since 1967 with design-build, traditional design-bid-build, and construction management services. It has completed more than 1,800 projects in the agricultural, commercial, government, industrial, medical, institutional, religious, sports, and entertainment markets.
Its history as a family-owned company is marked by expertise. James “Tommy” W. Cooper founded the Cooper Construction Company, bringing with him his skills in industrial general construction and mechanical contracting. His son, Thomas “Tom” L. Cooper soon followed in his footsteps. Two of Tom’s children have joined the company as well and have contributed much to the company’s reputation and organization, making the company a construction force in Western North Carolina.
In 2016, Cooper Construction Company completed the SONA Pharmacy + Clinic—a locally-owned community pharmacy that provides pharmacy services, urgent care services and primary care services under one room. The 1.5 million-dollar project has 36 rooms and includes data entry offices, an x-ray room, clinic offices, a secure pharmacy receiving area, and a pharmacy concierge.
280 E Corporate Dr. Suite #130, Meridian, ID 83642
With the motto, “Building Relationships,” Datum Construction believes that its success can be traced to numerous long term relationships it has fostered throughout its years in business. For more than 30 years, it has continuously provided high-level value-based services such as pre-construction, design-build, construction management, and consulting, across nine northwestern states. The company was founded by Keith Jones, who has built more than 2 million square feet of new construction and more than 500,000 square feet of remodeling and tenant improvements.
Datum has built grocery stores and pharmacies across Idaho, including new construction projects and interior build-outs. It has built facilities for Walgreens, Albertsons, and Rite Aids across Idaho. Shown here is the new Rite Aid in Meridian as completed in 2016.
109 Mercer Ct., Lexington, KY 40511
Commercial and industrial construction company Dean Builds started in 2002 as W.D. Graves, Inc. Founders Dan and Lambsy Graves were soon joined by David Dean in 2006. The company underwent a series of changes and by 2009, Dean became the sole owner, changing the name to Dean Builds. His leadership has been valuable to the company as well as the state, as he was appointed into the Kentucky Board of Housing, Buildings, and Construction. He is joined by a team that strives for excellence, integrity, and professionalism. The company offers services in construction management, general contracting, and design-build to multiple states, including Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and West Virginia.
Dean Builds has exceeded expectations in various project types: retail/office, education, automotive, food service, church, and industrial. Its impressive retail portfolio is marked by established relationships with national businesses, like Rite Aid, Starbucks, Nestle, and Staples. It has built Rite Aid pharmacies in Lexington and Nicholasville as well as in New Salisbury in Indiana.
Eclipse Brand Builders
5050 Research Court Ct. Suite #600, Suwanee, GA 30024
Eclipse Brand Builders was founded in 2013 by accomplished, experienced leaders in the design and construction industry. This design-build company prides itself on being the single-source partner for businesses. It integrates architecture, engineering, interior design, and construction management services, as well as retail consulting for a streamlined process and higher quality results. The firm has earned spots on Inc. 5000’s list of America’s fastest-growing companies and Atlanta’s list of top 100 fastest-growing private companies. It was also named a 2018 Pacesetter by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
From retail space planning and custom fixture design to engineering hazardous compounding cleanrooms, Eclipse Brand Builders’ team of consultants, architects, interior designers, estimators, construction managers, and administrative professionals provide turnkey planning, design, and construction services for pharmacies of all sizes and types. Shown here is the completed store and facility of Gwinnett Drugs in Georgia. This project includes an on-site, sterile compounding laboratory.
Eleven Western Builders
2862 Executive Place, Escondido CA, 92029
Eleven Western Builders is known as one of the top providers of construction services for retail clients throughout the Western United States. This full-service general contractor is well-equipped to handle general contracting, retail services, millwork, and maintenance. The firm’s extensive retail resume includes fast-food restaurants, marketplaces, and supermarkets. In the past decade, Eleven Western has earned a number of Building Excellence Awards for its commercial projects which include medical, educational and government facilities as well as retail centers, financial institutions, and churches.
The firm is behind the construction of CVS Pharmacy in Torrance and Sacramento. Featured here is the Sacramento branch. The company began with the demolition of the existing building while maintaining temporary power to the other buildings within the parcel limits. It then rose to the challenge of constructing site utilities, sidewalks, and paving while maintaining accessibility for the balance of the site. For more information on Eleven Western Builders, you can visit their website here.
235 Moore Lane, Billings, MT 59101
Fisher Construction combines big company capabilities with small company responsiveness without sacrificing attention to the details. This premier general contractor serves southeast Montana, banking on over 43 years of skilled craftsmanship, unmatched performance, and open communication. As a full-service construction organization, the company provides general contracting, design-build, and construction management services.
Expert leadership is a key element in Fisher Construction’s exceptional performance in commercial contracting. Jim Berve serves as president and Brent Sumner as vice president. Berve has over three decades of experience as an estimator and project manager. He has also served as a past president of the Montana Contractors Association. Sumner is actively involved in the preparation of the bidding packages, subcontractor recommendations and awards, and value engineering. He has been on the Billings Preservation Society Board of Directors for eight years.
Fisher Construction’s pharmacy construction work can be seen in multiple stores around Montana. In Billings alone, the firm finished three new 14,820-square-foot retail centers for Walgreens.
2803 Butterfield Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523
Illinois-based Global Builders believes that quality is a proactive ideology. Guided by its goal of being the builder of choice for businesses in the state, the company works constantly towards elevating quality and maintaining safety in every project. This two-fold ethic has produced reliable residential and commercial buildings all over Chicago and Wisconsin. Its class “A” license in the city of Chicago allows it to build any type of facility. The firm’s portfolio includes mixed-use buildings, schools, gyms, pharmacies, restaurants, apartments, and townhouses.
Global Builders stays on top of the current construction technologies and adheres to the top standards of the industry through active memberships in various trade organizations. It is a member of the AIA, US Green Building Council, and it is a LEED Accredited Professional.
8420 Meadowbridge Rd. Suite F, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
From historic restorations to ground-up projects, Graybeale Construction consistently delivers top-notch construction services in Central Virginia. The company specializes in general contracting, construction management, and preconstruction services for medical, retail, restaurants, mixed-use, commercial office, automobile dealerships, and tenant improvement. Aside from its expertise, past clients return to Graybeale for multiple projects because of its responsive and friendly staff. Clients praise the open communication that each member exercises, making the whole process easier and more enjoyable.
Graybeale built the 13,406-square-foot SouthRiver Pharmacy in Richmond. This local pharmacy offers compounding as well as consultations and health and wellness treatments. Graybeale fitted SouthRiver Pharmacy to be able to provide customized medication such as dye-free, preservative-free, alcohol-free, and/or sugar-free forms. The pharmacy also caters to custom compound medicines for pets and animals.
Henry Carlson Construction
1205 West Russell St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Henry Carlson Construction traces its roots to Henry Carlson, Sr., a Swedish immigrant who began in the construction industry as a laborer and skilled stonemason in 1900. One hundred years later, this third-generation general contractor is now led by an accomplished team of professionals with Henry Carlson III at its helm. With offices in Sioux Falls and Aberdeen, the firm provides superior construction services to South Dakota businesses big and small. The company is behind iconic buildings throughout the area such as Columbus College, the historic Alex Johnson Hotel, Sioux Falls Arena, the Sanford Health MB4, Children’s Hospital, and the Heart Hospital.
Henry Carlson Construction built the Sanford 32nd and Ellis Clinic—a 42,000-square-foot multi-specialty clinic that offers family medicine, pediatric care, OB/GYN, acute care, behavioral health, laboratory, radiology, genetic counseling, and home medical equipment. Attached to the new medical facility is a new Lewis drugstore and pharmacy.
770 N. Walton Ave. Suite #100, Yuba City, CA 95993
Hilbers Inc. started in 1962 when Leroy Hilbers created Hilbers Construction, a builder of custom homes in Yuba, Sutter, and Butte counties. Over the years, his sons joined him in the business, developing the company and expanding it into commercial contracting. When Leroy’s sons took over in 1988 and the company incorporated, it started to work exclusively as a commercial contractor. Hilbers Inc. is now known as a builder of restaurants, schools, churches, retail, medical, fuel stations/convenience stores, and pre-engineered steel buildings. Its extensive experience covers all manners of building from wood-framed to steel and concrete tilt-up.
Its rich history in retail construction is one of the company’s strengths. It is a known builder of fuel stations, convenience stores, groceries, and pharmacies. It can also tackle larger projects like department stores, shopping centers, and discount stores. This CVS Pharmacy in Vallejo was completed by the company in 2016.
Holland Construction Services
4495 North Illinois St., Swansea, IL 62226
Illinois-based Holland Construction Services provides high quality, personalized construction services to commercial clients throughout the St. Louis metro area. What began with four employees and virtually no projects for the first six months steadily gained momentum and became one of the leading commercial general contractors in the area.
Company founder Bruce Holland’s focus on building long-lasting relationships has also built the company’s portfolio. The firm has completed successful projects in various markets including commercial, education, healthcare, hospitality, multifamily, government, and religious. Its team possesses multiple certifications and accreditations for health and safety, green building, and project management from various organizations. It has also won awards from the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council and the St. Louis Business Journal.
The company is behind the multiple iterations of Walgreens throughout the St. Louis area. These 12 stores range from 14,500-15,700 square-foot buildings. Previous clients have commented on Holland Construction Services’ tremendous amount of experience and how the firm provided excellent service and always completed construction on budget and on schedule.
Krupp General Contractors
749 University Row, Suite 101, Madison, WI 53705
Since 1976, general contractor, construction manager, and design-build company, Krupp General Contractors has cultivated a long history with repeat clients and businesses in the Wisconsin area. These lasting relationships are a natural result of its insistence on high standards, controlled budgets, and observed deadlines. The company’s turnkey solutions for health, retail, education, and residential projects incorporate efficient design and construction services in a single agreement.
Krupp has built several buildings and facilities for health services for the University of Wisconsin Hospitals. This 34,500-square-foot shared services facility houses an area for sterile compounding, mail order/specialty pharmacy/retail, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical warehouse and distribution. The project was a collaboration with renowned Oregon architectural firm, Potter Lawson.
M. B. Kahn Construction Company
101 Flintlake Rd., Columbia, SC 29223
For nine decades M. B. Kahn Construction Company has helped shape the building landscape of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia. This general contractor and construction manager has become one of the nation’s most esteemed construction firms, with completed projects in all market sectors — from research institutes, university buildings and city halls; to malls, manufacturing facilities, and condominiums. Its unrivaled standards have earned it numerous awards from the ABC of the Carolinas, high rankings from the Engineering News-Record, and other recognition from various organizations.
M. B. Kahn served as the designer and builder for 37 Walgreens Pharmacy retail stores across the southeast, from Florida to Virginia. These projects involved a variety of project designs and sizes, and they also included new construction, interior fit-outs, and site work. The completed stores range in size from 14,000 to 15,480 square feet.
100 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, PA 15095
Marco Contractors’s rich history in Pittsburgh started in 1978. Since then, it has delivered one-of-a-kind solutions with a high degree of technical expertise, including 24/7 emergency response time. Founder and president, Martin Smith, oversees each project and ensures that they are evaluated carefully so no two sites are identical. He has spearheaded the firm’s growth and development from a local contractor to nationwide builder.
Marco Contractors, Inc. is a preferred contractor for CVS in the Pennsylvania area. The company’s team developed the site in Greenburg and constructed an 11,900-square-foot building that housed a medical clinic, pharmacy, and retail space. The project was completed and turned over in just under 30 weeks. The company has also done gas stations, restaurants, and medical facilities.
966 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083
For more than 33 years, O’Brien Construction has changed the commercial landscape of Michigan with its remarkable work. The company has worked on plenty of notable buildings in the state, such as the transformation of the historic Michigan Yellow Pages Building into the NSO Bell Building and Detroit’s first Affordable Assisted Living Facility in Rivertown. The company has come a long way from its founding as Waterford Construction in 1963 by Eddie O’Brien. From a small office and just a few tradesmen in the field to its excellent performance today as a large general contractor under Eddie’s son, Timothy, O’Brien Construction continues to provide enhanced quality construction to Detroit, Southeast Michigan, and beyond.
The company has gained recognition for its exceptional work. That recognition includes preservation awards, green building awards, and AGC Build Michigan Awards. Additionally, safety is one of the company’s top priorities, as shown in its impressive 21 Associated General Contractors Outstanding Safety Performance Awards. Featured here is a Walgreens Pharmacy the company built. It has completed two branches of the national pharmacy chain—one in Livonia and Inkster and one in Westland.
2720 SW Corbett Ave., Portland, OR 97201
Established in 1949 in Salem by Dale Pence, contracting company Pence Construction has evolved into a prime commercial general contractor in Oregon. The firm has over 65 years of experience and offices in Portland and Salem. This uniquely positions the company to deliver on projects not only in the Northwest but throughout the nation. In addition to its home state, it has done projects in Washington, Montana, California, Alaska and North Dakota.
Clients laud Pence’s sincere devotion to great customer experience. Its partnership approach allows freedom and open communication for both the client and the company. Careful planning and deft execution also define each project the company takes on in healthcare, historic renovation, education, retail, multifamily, and office markets.
Featured is the 14,200-square-foot Walgreens Pence Construction completed in Happy Valley. Completed in six months, the project included the building pad and shell, surrounding site work, complete and functional HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems. Inside, a sales floor, a pharmacy, a drive-thru lane, a stock room, men’s and women’s restrooms, and an employee office space can be found. One notable detail is the special decorative concrete soil nail wall the company used to give the appearance of natural stone for the exterior.
Ridgemont Commercial Construction
1520 W Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, TX 75038
Ridgemont Commercial Construction has been delivering quality constructed projects in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana since 1976. The Irving-based commercial construction firm has a diverse portfolio of projects focusing on the retail, automotive, healthcare, senior living, industrial, and office markets. With a brand promise of complete client confidence, Ridgemont Commercial Construction sees strong ties with subcontractors, clients, and staff members as just as important as successfully completing projects.
Under CEO Bob O’brien’s leadership, Ridgemont Commercial Construction has grown from a company of ten employees to become one of the most successful privately-held construction management firms in the region. It was named a Top Contractor of ENR and is a consistent name on the list of the Best Places to Work of the Dallas Business Journal.
Ridgemont Commercial Construction is equally comfortable with projects large or small. It is proud of possessing the agility of a smaller company and the financial strength of a larger organization. Around 80% of the company’s total business is with existing customers, especially repeat retail clients. Examples include multiple locations for Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy, CVC Pharmacy, and Randalls Pharmacy, as well as a number of grocery clients.
Rogers & Willard Builders
451 St. Louis Street, Mobile, Al 36602
What started as an invite from a friend to help with a building eventually led Mike Rogers to start Rogers & Willard Builders. After working for a large general contractor in Nashville, he moved back to his hometown of Mobile in 1989 and accepted an offer to use his skills in construction. Decades later, Rogers & Willard Builders has become a leading builder in the Southeast for diverse construction services, from pre-construction to construction management and design-build. The company’s small, streamlined group allows it to complete projects in a cost-efficient manner without diminished standards.
Through the years, the company has earned many notable awards, including Excellence In Construction Awards and a National Safety Excellence Award from the Association of Building Contractors. The firm has built restaurants, churches, banks, retail locations, and more. Throughout Alabama, the firm has completed several CVS Pharmacies.
Ryan Gootee General Contractors
1100 Ridgewood Dr., Metairie, LA 70001
Ryan Gootee started his construction business in 2004, drawing experience from his teenage years working for his family’s construction business. Once he was able to start his own, he assembled his own core team of experienced and qualified construction managers, and all of them are still with him today. As a family-owned business, it has cultivated a community-centered nature that has clients coming back repeatedly for its services.
Ryan Gootee General Contractors was voted six times as one of the best places to work in New Orleans. It is also a National AGC Build America Award-winning licensed commercial general contractor. It is well-versed in a number of project types, from hospitality and education to office and retail. It is also an expert in historic renovation and restoration. An example is this distinct pharmacy located in the historic Gus Mayer Building. RGGC rose to the challenge of the structural shoring and stabilization of the four-story reinforced concrete structure; it had been severely damaged by fire during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Once the structural rehabilitation was complete, a CVS Pharmacy was built out on the first floor. The store features bright neon lights on its distinct curved facade.
100 Lakeforest Blvd. Suite #600, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
With three decades of experience and more than 100 million square feet of construction, Therrien Waddell has made a name for itself as a reliable Maryland commercial general contractor in the fields of construction management, general contracting, and design-build. The firm can cater to a broad range of project types that include healthcare, retail, office renovation, and institutional. Its exacting standards in safety earned it a Platinum Level STEP Award in 2018 and an Associated General Contractors (AGC) Safety Award in 2017.
Therrien Waddell’s expertise in the exacting standards of healthcare-related general contracting was fully exercised for the construction of this specialty pharmacy in a recently-constructed medical office building. The tenant-build out for Blue Door Pharmacy involved following a set of medical facility rules and building restrictions as well as heightened security and cleanliness. The company efficiently delivered despite these challenges and completed the pharmacy on schedule.
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