Central Florida is widely regarded as the World’s Theme Park Capital. The area’s tourism industry, attractions, and entertainment history were already well established before Walt Disney World debuted in 1971. Not surprisingly, retail is one of the thriving industries in this sector. If you’re looking at opening a retail business in the area, 15 of the top retail contractors serving Central Florida are listed below. Our editorial team chose these firms for their work, backgrounds, affiliations, awards, and press features.

Schmid Construction

1655 Highway 50, Suite 300, Clermont, FL 34711

Schmid Construction is a general contractor for projects ranging from franchise restaurants and retail centers to auto dealerships and industrial distribution centers. Founded two decades ago, the firm’s experience building LEED Platinum projects sets it apart from the competition. The firm is led by John and George Schmid and continues to earn repeat business with clients by seeing every project as a new opportunity to exceed expectations.

Over the years, the company has won several recognitions for its exemplary work. These include multiple Best of South Lake: Best Builder or Contractor Awards from the South Lake Chamber of Commerce from 2017 to 2020. Schmid Construction also holds affiliations with the South Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce, and the West Orange Chamber of Commerce.

The firm has been featured by Orlando Business Journal, Jacksonville Daily Record, Clermont Report, Loveland Reporter-Herald, Daily Commercial, and Bradenton Herald.

Raymond Construction

465 W Warren Avenue, Longwood, FL 32750

Since 1989, J. Raymond Construction has been a reliable partner for construction needs throughout the southeastern United States. Over 30 years later, the company founders—John Raymond Sofarelli and Russ Suddeth—guarantee that the next generation of leadership will maintain the firm’s outstanding service and remain committed to these core values.

John and Russ continue to assist the team with its ongoing development and strategic initiatives. Under their leadership, JRCC operates as a mid-sized general contractor specializing in commercial construction, including retail, office, healthcare, non-profit, religious, education, warehouse facilities, and other unique projects. The firm holds affiliations with ABC Central Florida, ABC Florida East Coast, and it is an iBuild Central Florida partner.

Andrew General Contractors

2301 Mercator Drive, Orlando, FL 32807

Launched in 1996 and headquartered in Orlando, Andrew General Contractors is a family-owned and operated general contractor with a reputation for delivering quality commercial projects within budget and on schedule. Its competitive edge comes from a passionate commitment to integrity, speed, and innovation.

The team behind the firm is devoted to meeting Central Florida’s needs with enthusiasm. Leading the firm is Todd Andrew, a building construction graduate from the University of Florida. Todd also serves as the Vice Chairman for the Industry Advisory Board for Seminole State College’s School of Construction, Engineering, and Design Program, is a member of the Long Range Planning Committee for United Against Poverty, and is on the Committee of 100 Board of Directors.

Andrew General Contractors is a member of the ABC Central Florida and has been featured by Orlando Business Journal and Orlando Sentinel for its previous work.

The Sinclair Group

111 South Albany Avenue, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33606

The Sinclair Group is a general contracting firm headquartered in Tampa and specializing in commercial construction. The main emphasis of the firm under the leadership of Burk Clark is corporate and industrial build-to-suits, renovation, and the build-out of commercial interiors. It holds affiliations with the CREW Tampa Bay, ULI Tampa Bay, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Potential Unleashed, AIA Tampa Bay, and the Design-Build Institute of America.

The team at The Sinclair Group is devoted to delivering the highest quality on each of its projects and working within the scope of the clients’ requested project goals and their specific budget. No matter if it is preconstruction services, the construction of the project, or warranty and service work when a job is done the team treats each phase with the same level of dedication.

HGR Construction

499 Montgomery Place, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

HGR Construction strives to make its clients’​ construction projects smooth from inception to completion, using timely, cost-effective approaches that ensure a positive experience for all parties involved. The company continues to exceed its client’s needs and expectations from its dedicated staff by using the most up-to-date reporting tools. As general contractors, the experts behind HGR also constantly reevaluate and adapt their delivery methods, sectors of involvement, and business goals better to serve its clients in today’s ever-changing construction environment. 

Co-CEOs Darrin Griffin and Jim Rufrano lead HGR Construction. Under their supervision, the firm includes LEED-accredited professionals and is affiliated with the Carolinas AGC. The practice has also been featured by multiple publications like Orlando Business Journal and The Jacksonville Daily Record.

Rodda Construction

250 E Highland Drive, Lakeland, FL 33813

Launched in 1989 in the living room of John and Becky Rodda’s home, Rodda Construction was a dream—a chance to create their own success story. John’s brother, Jodie, was there from the start. The firm’s first projects were small, but the quality, professional approach to construction and artistry soon opened other doors, and the firm began to branch out into other markets. 

Office buildings, schools, churches, multi-family projects, industrial facilities, sports complexes, and medical facilities quickly numbered among the specializations of the business. The firm’s fame grew fast—John and Jodie needed to decide how to evolve to become both a distinct leader and a firm recognized for its commitment to the Central Florida area.

Rodda Construction continues to flourish as a renowned company by specializing in creating commercial, industrial, multi-family, government, education, sports, entertainment, and medical developments. It has also been featured by The Ledger, Yahoo Finance, Business Observer, Hotel Business, School Construction News, and Crain’s Detroit Business.

RLH Construction, LLC

5700 Dot Com Court, Suite 1070, Oviedo, FL 32765

Founded in 1991, RLH Construction is a licensed general contractor providing construction management and design-build contracting solutions to the automotive, multi-family, commercial, educational, and specialty sectors throughout the Southeast. It currently operates under the leadership of Richard Haines and surrounds itself with skilled people passionate about building an idea into a reality. The firm wants to provide its clients with the highest quality construction services and do so through relationships built from integrity and trust.

RLH Construction is a member of Associated Builders and Contractors; some of its work has piqued the interest of the press. It has been featured by publications like The Orlando Business Journal, The South Florida Business Journal, and The Jacksonville Business Journal.

Kelsey Construction

306 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32804

Kelsey Construction is proud to be a fourth-generation family-owned business. For 100 years, Kelsey has proudly served the Central Florida community and beyond with its industrial, retail, entertainment, grocery, churches, educational, office, and public projects. The firm’s clients are found mainly in Central Florida, but it also works on developments in South Florida and North Florida.

Kelsey Construction is led by J. Michael Kelsey, who held past leadership positions on regional boards, including the Central Florida Builders Exchange, the Orlando Municipal Planning Board, and the Orange County Historical Museum Board. His current community involvement includes service on the Central Florida YMCA Advisory Committee and the Edgewood Children’s Ranch Endowment Board.

McCree General Contractors & Architects

500 E Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803

McCree General Contractors and Architects conceptualizes, designs, and builds exceptional places where people and businesses thrive. The firm is Florida’s premier commercial construction and architecture provider for its clients’ construction and design-build needs. McCree caters to the education, entertainment, sports, government, healthcare, industrial, non-profit, office, religious, restaurant, retail, and senior living sectors.

Leading the firm is Richard McCree Jr., a mechanical engineering graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA graduate from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. Richard is a LEED-accredited professional. Under his watch, McCree General Contractors and Architects has appeared on the pages of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, St. Pete Rising, St. Pete Catalyst, I Love the Burg, Benzinga, and The Tampa Bay Times.

Boyd Construction

1926 4th Avenue S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33712

Peter Boyd opened Boyd Construction Company, the Florida branch of his family’s 100-year-old Indiana construction company, after some time of being the Indiana branch’s owner operator. The firm does projects for the restaurant, office, retail, residential, hospitality, and public sectors. It hires the most knowledgeable and experienced industry professionals and is committed to quality and understanding the importance of a cohesive, collaborative design. Doing so makes Boyd Construction the ultimate partner in arriving at solutions to budget constraints and helping to meet each project’s financial, functional, and aesthetic goals. 

All the work of this office is driven by values of simplicity, elegance, and intelligence. The result is environmentally conscious projects that aspire to a quality of timelessness. The firm’s success has been featured in The Tampa Bay Business Journal, St. Pete Rising, St. Pete Catalyst, Benzinga, and The Tampa Bay Times.

Malcolmson Construction Company

3350 122nd Avenue N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33716

Malcolmson Construction is one of Florida’s leading commercial retail contractors. Operating under the leadership of Alan Dickson, it has a database of several thousand subcontractors throughout the United States, enabling the team to service a service area and better meet its clients’ needs. Since 1994, the firm has offered a variety of services, including design-build, architectural, engineering, construction management, and general contracting.

Malcolmson Construction combines leading-edge technology and professional customer service on all of its projects. The practice has a long and stellar list of satisfied customers, including Fortune 500 and 100 companies and many other national and regional accounts. Much of its sales volume yearly is through repeat business. The firm has the reputation of delivering its clients a high-quality product with competitive pricing.

Riken Construction & Design

1450 Kastner, Suite 116, Sanford, FL 32771

Riken Construction and Design, LLC provides clients with the highest quality construction and consulting services at fair and market-competitive rates. The satisfaction of its clients ensures the company’s longevity through repeat and referral business. It also strictly adheres to set timelines, pays attention to the minor details, and consistently takes a service-minded attitude. 

Under the direction of Michael Boudreau, Riken Construction and Design’s goal is to maintain the highest level of professionalism, integrity, honesty, and fairness in its relationships with suppliers, professional associates, and clients. The studio is a proud member of the Greater Orlando Builders Association, the National Association of Home Builders, and the Florida Home Builders Association.

Wilson & Company

1227 E Broadway Street, Suite 101, Oviedo, FL 32765

Wilson and Company has been a family-owned commercial general contractor providing work nationwide for over 24 years. It has earned respect for providing quality, cost-effective construction services while building positive client relationships. The firm’s client relationships span decades, and the firm is wholly committed to its purpose of providing client satisfaction.

Wilson and Company has provided services to the retail, religious, government, medical, and financial sectors since 1994. The firm is currently led by Parks Wilson, who has more than 30 years of experience successfully managing construction projects totaling over 12 million square feet of facilities. Before establishing the firm, he was the chief project manager for Suitt Construction Company, Florida Division. Under his watch, the firm is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Oviedo Winter Springs Regional Chamber, and Rotary International.

Keator Construction, LLC

599 Maguire Road, Ocoee, FL 34761

Named by Orlando Business Journal  in 2015 as Central Florida’s 9th Largest Local Construction General Contractor for Commercial Construction, Keator Construction is large enough to handle any of its clients’ construction needs, yet small enough to give the individual attention they deserve. Keator Construction employs the same standards of excellence for every project and every client. It maintains its excellent reputation for customer satisfaction by delivering quality construction on time and within budget. The firm’s clients appreciate the team’s attention to detail and their commitment to customer satisfaction. 

Keator Construction has provided services to the automotive, finance, civic, educational, retail, industrial, medical, and religious sectors for over three decades. It also holds memberships with the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties.

DL Harkins Construction, LLC

2898 South Osceola Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806  

Headquartered in Orlando, DL Harkins Construction, LLC is a dependable, trustworthy construction company that delivers projects on time and within budget. The company is devoted to every project and manages them with remarkable attention to detail and a team approach. The firm has maintained 100% client satisfaction for over two decades.

DLHC specializes in commercial, medical, governmental, residential, mixed-use developments, education, restaurant, and retail projects for its clients based in Florida. The firm is led by Matthew Harkins, president, a graduate of business administration from St. Leo University. Matthew also served in the past as a construction executive at Harkins Development Corporation.