Florida’s retail industry has been experiencing a steady growth in sales volumes since 2010: more people are investing and venturing into the retail or service industry. It is a great time to grab the opportunity to build your own retail shop or center in this beautiful and robust city.
In constructing retail projects, it’s necessary to get the help of builders proficient in tailoring spaces and structures for selling. 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 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.
JBL Corporation, Inc.
1949 Jersey St., Jacksonville, FL 32210
JBL Corporation, Inc. is a family-owned company serving the greater Jacksonville area. Construction is something that JBL has been doing since 2002. It’s an EPA Lead-Safe certified firm and a State Certified General Contractor. Its trusted team of professionals, from interior designers to project managers, ensures the quality and safety of its projects.
More than the cosmetic beauty of a project, JBL Corporation also pays attention to its structural work. This includes site surveying, space planning, and project estimation. To further visualize its scope of work, the featured photo is from the construction of the Blackfly Outfitters & Restaurant retail outlet.
673 3rd Street S, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Moducomm Construction, founded recently in 2012, is one of Jacksonville’s fastest-growing companies and topped $12 million in revenue for 2017. Founder Chris Taylor is a Jacksonville native who has had numerous experiences in construction, having worked with large names in the retail and commercial industries. Taylor has also been featured in the 2017 issue of Jacksonville Business Journal’s 40 under 40.
The firm’s list of industry partners and clients is quite impressive. It ranges from Vanity Fair and Nestlé Waters to companies like Jacksonville Port Authority and Anheuser-Busch. Moducomm Construction had the privilege to work on a Vanity Fair outlet store. It was a retail build-out of an 18,000-square-foot retail space with the installation of seven rooftop units. The whole construction only took Moducomm Construction a total of six weeks.
The Angelo Group
11363 San Jose Blvd. Suite #300, Jacksonville, FL 32223
The Angelo Group’s work ethic since 1987: working together towards a successful project. Delivering great projects without hurting the budget has also been one of its pillars, helping it become a well-known industry contractor. Aside from large retail centers, the firm extends its specialties to the healthcare, education, and office industries.
The firm focuses the majority of its large projects in retail. A good example is the Orange Park Village, a multi-tenant retail center in Jacksonville. The project consisted of two buildings with a total of 26,080 square feet. The project entailed design-build services from The Angelo Group. This retail center is considered a national tenant specialty retail project.
Benchmark Commercial Group
2320 S Third St. Suite #13, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Benchmark Commercial Group is a builder from Jacksonville who has been providing retail and commercial construction services since 2001. It is locally-owned by Jonathan Plumb, an Architecture and Building Construction graduate. Under his leadership, the firm has built some of Jacksonville’s biggest structures. Plumb is also a State of Florida Certified General Contractor, which makes him a perfect fit for any construction project one might have. This certification also ensures that projects under Benchmark Commercial Group are trustworthy and of great quality.
The Boulevard Shopping Center in Jacksonville Beach is one of Benchmark’s biggest retail projects with 50,000 square feet of multiple building and retail developments. The shopping center is considered one of Jacksonville’s top malls with tenants like Target, Dillard’s, Barnes & Noble, Anthropology, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Tenant Contractors Incorporated
5120 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32241
Tenant Contractors Incorporated was originally founded by Bill Griffin in 1988. Eventually, Bill turned over ownership to Jacob Sameck: Sameck has over twelve years of professional construction experience and ran his own construction company while putting himself through college. Under his leadership, the firm has expanded to various market sectors, one being the service industry.
Among the company’s service industry projects is the Open Road Bicycles shop in Jacksonville. It is a bicycle full-service retail shop. Tenant Contractors enjoy the variety of work it can do with different possibilities for every retail build-out. The diversity in design varies from simple to elaborate.
Brothers Group Construction Company
3581 Cardinal Point Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32257
Brothers Group Construction Company (BGCC) is a Jacksonville-based firm offering construction work in Florida and Texas. Three brothers—Rafael Pepaj, Arben Pepaj, and Artur Pepaj—established the firm in 2002. It is a general contractor working in a large number of market industries like commercial, restaurant, and retail. BGCC seeks to be more than just a general contractor, it aims to be a contractor that gives each project a value that clients can trust.
The firm has worked with most of the retail stores in the state including Kohl’s, Best Buy, Gymboree, Lush Cosmetics, and Cotton On. And among these projects is the construction of a Tiffany & Co. store in St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville. Since the construction took place in an upscale and busy area, BGCC’s capabilities as a deft and efficient contractor were on public display.
6104 S Gazebo Park Pl., Jacksonville, FL 32257
Elkins Construction is a name that has been in Jacksonville’s industry since 1955. Through its excellent work and positive client relationships, the firm has maintained a great reputation. Elkins is a prominent construction firm in the area with its presence being felt through projects and affiliations with the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and more.
Wayne McCall’s solid background and knowledge in construction allow him to lead Elkins Construction’s work. He has worked on multi-million dollar commercial projects in the past and continues to work with popular names like Walmart, Kohl’s, Publix, and Lowe’s.
Its retail portfolio consists of large projects, one being the Kohl’s department store. Elkins has built over nine Kohl’s branches all over Florida, creating over 850,000 square feet of stores with a total value of $41 million. These are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified stores, which typically included the construction of a tilt-wall and exterior insulation finishing systems with paint coating.
2926 Edison Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32254
What started out as a simple garage business blossomed into one of Florida’s leading general commercial contractors. Clark Scherer founded the company in 1984, but as it expanded through different regions in Florida, he sought help from other leaders: Douglas Wilcox, James Crookston, and John Dixon. The firm’s expertise in construction has expanded from simple buildouts to large-scale, multi-story projects in retail and other markets.
Scherer Construction’s relationship with associations like the ABC, Rebuilding Together, Builders Association of North Central Florida and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties prove its accountability to its clients.
Most of the firm’s retail work consists of department stores and retail shells where different businesses can occupy or rent. One of its work in Jacksonville is the Palmetto Point Retail. The 15,000-square-foot retail store only took Scherer Construction eight months to complete. More than the retail shell’s exterior facade, Scherer provided other pre-construction services such as underground utilities, asphalt paving, landscaping, custom masonry, rough carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and other structural work.
2900 Hartley Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257
Stellar is a Florida-based company serving multiple states with commercial projects, including retail projects. Since its humble beginnings in 1985, the firm has come a long way as it is now building for diverse market sectors internationally. Stellar’s name is reflected through its stellar work, the firm and its projects having earned some of the city’s distinguished awards including a National Award of Excellence from ABC, a National Award of Merit (ABC), a Project of the Year Award (ABC), and a National Award for Excellence from the Design-Build Institute of America. In addition to awards, the firm has also been mentioned in publications like the Florida Trend and the Jacksonville Business Journal.
Stellar worked on a large project that was the Coach Leatherwear distribution facility. It is a total of 1.1 million square feet of design-build construction. In this project, Stellar incorporated Coach’s pallet rack storage, conveyors, and material handling systems throughout the facility. In addition to the massive work, this project earned a Silver LEED certification.
11025 Blasius Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32226
Yates Construction is a well-known firm in Jacksonville, and its client service area reaches across five states, including Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas. Yates was awarded the prestigious Safety Training Evaluation Process award and a 2015 ABC National Safety Pinnacle Award. These safety awards reflect that Yates only builds with the utmost care. In line with safety, the firm is also an active member of the ABC and the USGBC.
Because of its superior construction quality, the firm has been mentioned in articles in Engineering News-Record, including Top Contractors for Retail, Green Building, and Design-Build Firms. Yates Construction has built over 26 branches of Walmart all over its service areas. Although Walmart stores share the same exterior design, interior design and construction are tailored to fit specific locations. In these projects, Yates provided the construction of entrance roads and the parking area, as well as retail facilities for apparel and cosmetics.
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