Last updated on May 21st, 2024 at 07:53 am

The great natural roadstead of Hampton Roads in southeastern Virginia is a region with a booming population of 1.6 million people. Hampton Roads is named for the deep natural harbor formed where the James, Nansemond, and Elizabeth Rivers converge into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It is this same harbor that welcomed the first English settlers to America in 1607. 

Today, the region is home to historic settlements, coastal cities, a large selection of award-winning restaurants and bars, nationally-ranked hospitals, as well as the numerous amenities the region has to offer. With its bustling economy, the demand for the retail industry building continues to rise. With that demand comes the need for builders and contractors who understand the unique construction and remodeling needs of retail and commercial clients, the kind of contractors who can get the job done and do it well. 

The top retail contractors in this list have been ranked according to their company profile, their experience, the range of services they offer, the level of customer satisfaction they’ve achieved, the awards they have received, and the media features and coverage they have generated. With these firms’ unique designs and services, their high levels of quality, clients are sure that their discerning tastes and preferences will be satisfied, whichever firm on this list they choose to work with.

GC Commercial, Inc.

3 Pennington Ave., Newport News, VA 23606

GC Commercial, Inc. is a Veteran-Owned Class A General Contractor which has provided professional home improvement and building construction services in Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Virginia Beach, and the surrounding areas since 2011. In addition to its status as a veteran-owned business, the firm is proud to be Small, Women, and Minority-Owned (SWaM), as well as an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).

The firm consists of a dedicated team of experienced professionals who are more than capable of managing an entire construction project. With customers ranging from medical and healthcare facilities to full-scale office building and retail renovations, clients will find that when working with GC Commercial, the firm is present from the initial planning stages, all the way to the beautifully finished product. GC Commercial provides emergency on-call services to all of its customers, always making itself available should any problem arise on the job site. 

KBS, Inc.

360 Southport Circle Suite 101, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

KBS, Inc. began in 1975 on a $1000 investment of forward-thinking founder Bill Paulette. Today, the firm has built a framework of providing quality, comprehensive construction services with the flexibility to meet clients’ specific needs. Consistently rated among the top 30 construction firms in the Mid-Atlantic region, KBS’s work extends from its headquarters in Richmond to its regional office in Virginia Beach, to projects in Roanoke, Washington, D.C., and beyond.

From a $60 million mixed-use complex to a $150,000 tenant upfit, KBS offers retail clients a unique diversity of expertise, experience which has resulted in 85 percent of the firm’s current work coming from repeat business. For five years in a row, KBS has been ranked as one of the leading general contractors in Virginia by Virginia Business. As a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), KBS is conscious of the footprint it leaves behind as well as the aesthetic quality of its work. 

M & M Contractors

508 Baylor Court, Suite B, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Since 1992, M & M Contractors has been serving outstanding businesses in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Newport News, Suffolk, and throughout the entire Hampton Roads area as well as Northeastern North Carolina. What originally began as a roofing company that provided high-quality, efficient metal roofing systems for buildings of all sizes, has since evolved into M & M Contractors, a full-service design-build general contracting firm specializing in the construction of pre-engineered steel building systems, metal roofing, conventional construction, and commercial/industrial remodeling.

The firm is committed to building lasting relationships with its customers through dedication and outstanding quality—meeting their commercial and industrial construction and remodeling needs in every way. In fact, the firm has won the “National Top Material Builder” award three times to date—a testament to M & M Contractor’s ability to come up with outstanding finished products. The firm’s years of experience, resources, in-depth understanding of the development and design-build process, and history of outstanding quality has enabled M & M Contractors to achieve the goal of long lasting relationships with its customers throughout Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, and Northeast North Carolina.

Pisces Construction LLC

3421 Chandler Creek Rd # 112, Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Pisces Construction LLC is a Virginia State Class A General Contractor that provides a full range of construction services for locally-based commercial developers and property owners. Working together, the firm’s managers bring to the company a wealth of construction knowledge, including over sixty years of combined experience, 40 of which have been devoted to local Tidewater Area Projects.

Pisces specializes in shopping centers and has worked on numerous projects including the ABC Store, Bejeweled, the La Dolce Vita Market, DXL Casual Male, Kitchen Barn, and Plow & Hearth. Pisces is also proud to be affiliated with Orion Associates, Inc., which specializes in small to large site development projects. That incorporation has earned the firm a reputation as one of the most respected site development contractors in this area. Together with Pisces’ industry partners, the firm continues to grow its business.

Rudolf Construction Partners

585 S. Birdneck Road Suite 108, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Since 2011, Rudolf Construction Partners has made a name for itself in the Hampton Roads market—and beyond— as a firm committed to providing outstanding customer service while successfully managing its day-to-day operations and always preparing for its next stage in the industry. 

Rudolf Construction is built on a mindset of unwavering commitment to the best interests of its clients. With Chip Rudolf as the firm’s president, Rudolf Construction cultivates long-standing relationships and referrals as the source of the majority of its business. Clients will find that working with Rudolf Construction means coming up with a stellar finished product, whether it be the firm’s specialization in shopping centers or any other commercial retail project.