Fort Worth has seen steady growth in its retail industry; retail contributes to 11.2% of Fort Worth’s business industry. In 2018, a redevelopment in retail centers has emerged in order to answer the demand for retail stores and outlets in the city. With new retail spaces, more investors and developers are looking into Fort Worth’s business growth. Building new structures isn’t the only option; people can choose to remodel existing spaces as well.
The city is thriving, with the presence of both global and local brands like GAP, H&M, Pandora, Backwoods, Defender Outdoors, Chico, and more. In constructing retail projects, there are numerous builders you should consider reaching out to. Take a look at our top ten contractors in the city. Each builder was ranked based on a number of criteria in addition to the style and quality of structures they build. These criteria include work history, client satisfaction, and recognition from various award-giving bodies. Whether you want to update your shop or invest in a new business, there’s a contractor on this list to help you.
10) Dennett Construction
Website | 817-882-9420 | 2313 Cullen St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Dennett Construction has been gracing Texas with its commercial and general contracting prowess since 1996. It focuses on three main aspects of construction: general construction, construction management, and consulting. The firm’s work varies from small retail outlets to larger projects like apartments and cathedrals.
The firm’s expertise as a builder has been tested and honed by all the facets of construction on which it works, from exterior work down to structural needs. Visiting the firm’s portfolio will give clients a better way to visualize the type of work the firm does. Dennett Construction worked on the Defender Outdoors Shooting Center in Fort Worth. The shop features a shooting range and a retail storefront.
9) Westwood Contractors
Website | 817-877-3800 | 951 W 7th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
Robert Benda’s rich experience with construction has been his pillar in leading Westwood Contractors since its establishment in 1987. His various work exposure in retail has helped him guide the firm in working with both local and global brands. The firm’s broad portfolio features projects in the retail, healthcare, and hospitality sectors, as well as in high-end office spaces. Moving to its specialty of retail construction, Westwood works on projects of varied types, from boutiques to big-box multi-store retail centers. These projects are equally distributed in all 48 states in which the firm is equipped and licensed to work.
Westwood is a member of the Retail Contractors Association, meaning that the firm’s retail work is accredited and built according to certain retail store standards. The firm is also a member of the Lean Construction Institute and the Construction Financial Management Association. One of the global brands in its portfolio is an H&M store in Fort Worth. The three-story retail store boasts a classic H&M appeal: modern and direct.
8) EMJ Corporation
Website | 972-580-1210 | 5525 N MacArthur Blvd. Suite #400, Irving, TX 75038
Established in 1968, EMJ Corporation is one of the leading commercial builders in Texas. With comprehensive knowledge and exposure to commercial construction, president Jim Sattler made the expansion and diversity of its scope of work possible. Its works have reached 47 states in various sectors. The firm aims to ensure every project’s success, building on a work ethic of trust and grit.
The firm has been listed on Engineering News-Record’s yearly Top 400 Contractors and was awarded a Design Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers. These recognitions are a lifetime testimony to the firm’s capabilities and how these are reflected in all of its projects both big and small.
The firm worked on the Waterside development project in Fort Worth. The project included a site construction of 200,000 square feet of retail space and an additional 60,000 square feet of parking space. This project is one of the contributors to Fort Worth’s redevelopment movement in 2018.
7) Tomco Retail Construction
Website | 214-390-3295 | 123 W Main St. Suite #200, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Tomco Retail Construction is a Dallas-Fort Worth-based builder specializing in retail construction. Tomco is a product of Tom Motschull’s 17 years of extensive construction industry experience. Tomco has worked with some of the biggest names in the retail industry, including Target, ULTA, Chico, Banana Republic, and Urban Outfitters. An example of this is the firm’s work on a GAP outlet.
Most of its projects, if not all, incorporate modern designs. This is a common choice of design for outlets and stores—aside from its shared design as a brand—since modern appeals to more people and gives shops a tidy and sleek look. Aside from the firm’s activities with industry associations, it is also active in non-profitable organizations like the American Red Cross, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Grand Prairie Animal Shelter.
6) Mycon General Contractors
Website | 972-529-2444 | 17311 Dallas Pkwy. Suite #300, Dallas, TX 75248
Mycon General Contractors is a builder based in Texas specializing in commercial construction. Charles Meyers founded Mycon in 1987. Throughout its years in the industry, the firm, as well as Meyers, has earned recognitions like the Aggie 100 from the Texas A&M University and the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Inside Collin Country Business. These distinctions maintain Mycon General Contractors’ excellent reputation in construction.
Mycon works with large-scale retail projects, including the Fort Worth branch of Tanger Outlet. The builder partnered with Adams + Associates Architecture for this project. The 386,285-square-foot project entailed pre-construction services along with a detailed project budget. This project shows all of the facets of construction that Mycon offers.
The firm is consistently ranked in Engineering News-Record’s Top Retail Contractors and in Commercial Construction and Renovation Magazine’s Top Ten Retail General Contractors list. Publications like Dallas Business Journal have also featured the firm’s work.
5) Key Construction
Website | 817-306-7979 | 3960 Sandshell Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76137
Key Construction has been working in the Fort Worth area for the past 25 years. Its success is deeply rooted in the firm’s leaders, Ken, and Dave Wells. The tandem continuously reminds the team of its goal to deliver great quality work at a reasonable price. Key Construction is also licensed to work in 35 states nationwide. The firm’s presence in the industry is felt through associations like the AGC of America and annual rankings published by Engineering News-Record.
The firm’s work specialties vary from retail to more complicated areas like mission-critical and healthcare. Notable works in its portfolio are the recently completed IDEA Rise School in Fort Worth. Key Construction has offices in Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
4) Ridgemont Commercial Construction
Website | 214-492-8900 | 1520 W Walnut Hill Ln., Irving, TX 75038
Ridgemont Commercial Construction is a Texas-based commercial construction firm delivering quality constructed projects in Texas and the surrounding region since 1976. Its diverse portfolio includes projects and clients in the automotive, healthcare, industrial, office, retail and senior living market segments. Ridgemont began with ten employees in 1976 and has grown to 90. Today, under Bob O’Brien’s leadership, Ridgemont is now one of the most recognized privately-held commercial builder and construction management firms in the region. The firm is also proud to have been recognized as a Top Place to Work by the Dallas Morning News for the last four years and the Best Place to Work by the Dallas Business Journal for the last two years.
Ridgemont’s strength in the retail market is its ability to assist clients and developer partners specifically based on their unique scope of work at any point in the process. Ridgemont’s dedicated, retail team are industry experts and have the experience to prove it. The extensive planning and resources that go into completing a retail project such as, vetting municipal and utility requirements, begins long before construction is underway. Ridgemont’s retail team becomes involved early in the process to partner with end-users, developers, architects, and other stakeholders, in order to formulate a plan that benefits the team resulting in an efficient and cost-effective project.
Ridgemont’s extensive experience in retail construction includes retail centers, grocery stores, fitness centers, banking centers, and restaurants.
3) Fort Construction
Website | 817-885-7979 | 224 E Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76104
Although only established in 2005, Fort Construction’s name is definitely well-known in the industry. It is a full-service builder offering design-build, preconstruction, and general contracting services in Fort Worth. With over a hundred projects to its name, the firm has built its reputation for exceptional work and professionalism among clients. Under Scott Price and Ken Evans’ leadership, Fort Construction has experienced maximum growth. Both principals have had experiences working with big names in the industry.
Fort Worth Camera is a photography haven in Fort Worth. It sells and repairs cameras as well as offers digital and lab printing. This particular project has been awarded the 2018 Topping Out Award by the North Texas Networking Events and Award Program. It has also gained recognition from Construction News, which published an article about the Fort Worth Camera shop. The article talked about the design of the shop, which was seamlessly executed by the firm. Since the firm had to work in a small space, where material delivery and construction were quite difficult to execute, the project showcased the firm’s impressive flexibility.
2) Bob Moore Construction
Website | 817-640-1200 | 1110 N Watson Rd., Arlington, TX 76011
From its humble beginnings in 1946, Bob Moore Construction has now blossomed into becoming a well-respected builder in Texas. CEO Phillip Bell’s history in construction dates back to 1964, when he worked for an Atlanta-based firm. In 1979, he joined Bob Moore Construction as a project manager. His work experience and leadership helped him assume progressively bigger roles in the company until he was promoted to President in 1997.
The firm has worked with some of the industry’s biggest names, including American Airlines, Harley-Davidson, Best Buy, and UPS. Apart from its stunning works, it is also an award-winning firm. It was the recipient of awards such as the 2019 Distinguished Building Award from the AGC & ABC joint association (TEXO), the 2018 AGC-Texas’ Outstanding Construction Award, and the 2017 Alphonse J. Engelman Zero Lost Time Safety Award.
Tandy Leather is a 23,000-square-foot retail store in Fort Worth that was designed and built by Bob Moore Construction. The firm collaborated with Alliance Architects in this project. The whole store was designed to achieve an upscale look. It features a 100% glass front wall, while the interior boasts of a white large canvas that provides a modern appeal. This project was awarded the 2014 TEXO (DFW Chapter of – AGC & ABC) Distinguished Building Award, Retail Category.
1) The Beck Group
Website | 817-255-7800 | 810 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, TX 76104
The Beck Group is a multi-state and award-winning design-build firm serving different markets with trendy and sustainable construction development. Henry “Peter” Beck III is the current Executive Chairman of the Beck Group. His background, both academically and by experience, allows him to facilitate a type of leadership that goes beyond just stating his principles but integrating them as he mentors his people. The firm’s presence can be felt through projects in and around Texas, as well as through affiliations with the International Council of Shopping Center and the Design-Build Institute of America.
Beck worked on the Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth—a downtown place filled with clothing chains and western-wear shops. The project included the construction of three locations: the Sundance Square, The Commerce building, and the Westbrook. These buildings are designed to complement and bring out the character and ambiance of Sundance Square. Aside from location and traffic considerations, this plaza was also designed according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The firm’s excellence in construction does not go unnoticed; the firm has been featured and ranked in publications like The Dallas Business Journal, Engineering News-Record, and Building Design + Construction magazine.