Franklin, Tennessee features a distinct combination of heritage and current development. The city was named after Benjamin Franklin and was founded in 1799. Franklin’s remarkable historic charm and architecture provide a distinct sense of place that will not be compromised by future expansion and development.

Because of the city’s vibrant past and flourishing economy, this is the perfect time to start a retail business in the area. If you’re looking to build one, the below list contains the best retail contractors in Franklin, Tennessee, to help you narrow down your options. These were selected based on their backgrounds, awards, and affiliations.

Crain Construction

2963 Sidco Dr. Suite 110, Nashville, TN 37204

Established in 1933, Crain Construction has been a leader in providing general contracting services across Nashville and Southeast areas. The firm concentrates on design/build, sustainable construction, and construction management. For 89 years, it has been known for its quality projects and unwavering integrity and has built long-standing relationships with its clients and industry partners.

Crain Construction specializes in multifamily, hospitality, mixed-use, retail, industrial, and telecommunications projects. It is accredited and certified by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and has received various awards. These recognitions include the 2021 Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction, 2021 AGC Top Award for 25-50MM, 2020 Award for Excellence in Construction, the Mary Catherine Strobel Corporate Volunteerism Finalist in 2019, Nashville Business Journal Fast 50 Company in 2016, 2017, and 2021, Nashville Business Journal 25 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2015, and many more.

The CEO/President of the firm, Michael Rankin, served on the national board of the Associated Builders & Contractors for six years and has been in the construction industry since the age of fourteen.  He, along with an executive team of employee-owners, continue to build on Crain’s legacy by maintaining a progressive and collaborative environment while staying committed to its foundation of core values.

MTLC Building Group

225 Noah Dr. Suite 300, Franklin, TN 37064

MTLC Building Group is a full-service construction company headquartered in Middle Tennessee. The company specializes in tenant build-outs, interior restorations, and new construction for various businesses. Across the Southeast, it constructs spaces for clients in the retail, medical, restaurant, and specialty sectors. Matthew Tidwell and Louis Catignani, the firm’s principals, have thirty plus years of combined expertise and provide quality service for every project

MTLC knows that clients in the Southeast may have a variety of general commercial contractors to choose from. As a result, it works to cultivate strong bonds with its clients. Customers know that the firm will help them from the concept design to the opening day of their business.

Carden Company, Inc.

350 Wilson Pike Cir. Brentwood, TN 37027

In 1977, Gary Carden launched Carden Company, Inc. as a general contractor in Nashville and around Tennessee. The firm provides general contracting, design-build, and construction management services and is well-known for its ability to manage all aspects of a project from the planning stage to the start-up of a business. The business has earned praise for its client-centered service, agility, innovative problem-solving, and excellent budget and time management skills.

Its versatility and breadth of experience have allowed it to manage various projects. This covers anything from large warehouses to a slew of bank branches, new construction, extensive remodels and extensions, upscale offices, and function-first industrial facilities. Currently, Brian Morgan runs the business. Brian holds a Masters of accounting from Baylor University.

Ikon Construction, Inc.

 416 Wilson Pike Cir. Brentwood, TN 37027

IKON Construction was founded in 1999 upon the belief that every client is entitled to the finest work and effort available. Today, this belief distinguishes the organization from other commercial contractors. The company has constructed office space, auto dealerships, restaurants, and various other structures. Its services include construction, remodeling, pre-construction consultation, management, design-build, estimating, and scheduling.

IKON is widely known in Nashville for executing various high-quality, well-designed projects. Through the daily service it delivers to each customer, the business has created a strong reputation on the job site. Dave Lefeve is the company’s owner, who has a background in management, design, and engineering. He has worked in Nashville’s commercial construction business since the mid-1980s. Under his oversight, the press has often featured the firm’s works, including in The Tennessean in 2014.

Bacon Construction Company

1880 General George Patton Dr. Ste. 105 Franklin, TN 37067

In 1989, Joe Bacon established Bacon Construction Company in Nashville, Tennessee. Although Bacon Construction has constructed free-standing structures such as office buildings and shopping malls, its main concentration has been retail and restaurant construction. It is a contracting company committed to delivering excellent results, affordable costs, and individual service while managing a significant volume of work. As a small company, it is readily available to its clients’ executive and management people.

For three decades, the firm’s innovative ideas, industry knowledge, and highly trained contractors have vastly improved the businesses it services. It regards its clients’ profitability and growth as inextricably linked to its own, owing to the leadership of owner and founder Joe Bacon.


  • 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