When it comes to constructing retail projects, there are multiple options available out there. There’s also a lot of money to be made. The 2017 U.S. retail industry boomed, generating approximately 1.14 trillion dollars. San Jose, at the center of Silicon Valley, contributes a disproportionate amount to that total. But you need to have the right store to maintain your brand and store, display, and distribute your products.

Before you make the crucial choice, take a look at these nine contractors. Each builder was ranked based on a number of criteria, in addition to the style and quality of structures they build. These variables include work history, client satisfaction, and recognition from various award-giving bodies. Whether you want to update your shop or you’re looking to invest in a new business, there’s a contractor on this list that will give you the store you need.



8) BPR Builders

Website | 650-302-7994 | 440 Walnut St. Suite #10, San Carlos, CA 94070

Since it was established in 2001, BPR Builders has been focused on building California’s best retail and restaurant outlets. The firm works with both local and national businesses for retail expansions and improvements. These projects can range from the small to medium scale; nonetheless, the firm treats all projects with the same standard.

What makes BPR Builders a great contractor is its ability to work with an existing structure and make it even better. BPR ensures that projects will get a fresh look, yet stay true to the brand its owner wants to maintain. One of the notable works from its portfolio is this Coach store remodel. The already beloved brand became even more attractive to long-term customers.

7) TICO Construction

Website | 408-487-0700 | 1585 Terminal Ave., San Jose, CA 95112

When you work with TICO Construction you’re working with some of the best professionals in the industry. The firm is comprised of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited builders who continuously find means of doing projects in a more efficient and earth-friendly way. John Marmesh’s background as a member of the Design-Build Institute of America and the International Facility Management Association has helped him lead TICO Construction to the top tier of San Jose contractors. TICO’s success can be attributed to their team that works diligently in collaboration with subcontractors, architects, engineers, organizations, and city officials to complete projects on budget and on time. 

TICO Construction has been providing San Jose with outstanding projects without going over budget since 1988. The firm still successfully practices that same fiscal discipline today. Looking through its expansive portfolio, the Moment/San Pedro Square is one of TICO Construction’s landmark projects. TICO provided the project with amazing exterior construction and finishes. This project earned three awards, namely, the Golden Nail, SVBJ Structures & APA California Chapter 2019 Award.

6) Teamwrkx Construction

Website | 408-287-2700 | 1855 Park Ave., San Jose, CA 95126

Despite having only been established in 2004, Teamwrkx has built and remodeled some of San Jose’s leading service providers. The firm is led by Eric Venzon who works tirelessly to find ways to better serve people and help the trade market community thrive.

As an active member of the US Green Building Council, the American Institute of Architects, and the Associated General Contractors of California, Teamwrkx upholds a project process that will both answer the need for sustainability and the desire for style. That is true for the over 5,000 projects its name is attached to. Teamwrkx Construction worked on the fire-damaged Straus Carpets store and warehouse. The firm provided the needed mechanical overhaul of the facility and an interior redesign. The project was completed swiftly, enabling the owners to get back to business and minimize lost revenue.

5) W.G. Fritz Construction

Website | 408-723-0752 | 5091 New Trier Ave., San Jose, CA 95136

San Jose-based builder, W.G. Fritz Construction’s vast experience in different facets of the construction industry has helped it rise above others. The firm’s capabilities are reflected in the sheer number of projects it has completed since 1996.

W.G. Fritz Construction is a trusted contractor in the Bay Area, having expertise and experience in building all sorts of projects for a range of different markets. Apart from being an active builder, it is also an active member of associations like the Building Owners & Managers Association of San Jose, the International Facility Management Association, the Association of Silicon Valley Brokers, and the Association For Facilities Engineering.

4) Build Group

Website | 408-986-8711 | 1210 Coleman Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95050

Building for retail leaders like H&M, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, Tesla, and more, Build Group is listed as one of California’s leading construction companies. Led by Eric Horn, the team remains steadfast in its goal to deliver projects that will ensure the satisfaction and the return business of its industry partners.

Build Group, in collaboration with Kenneth Park Architects, built the Carolina Herrera retail shop in Santa Clara. The 2,412-square-foot store is composed of structural and mechanical work and high-end interior finishes, the kind required for its upscale products. These types of projects earned Build Group a number of distinctions, including a place on the 2018 Engineering News-Record Top 400 Contractors.

3) Skyline Construction

Website | 408-844-0000 | 2384 Walsh Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95051

Skyline’s sophisticated and efficient construction design paved the firm’s way to becoming a leading general contractor in the Bay Area. The firm has built retail stores and office spaces for some of the best-known names in the industry, like Pandora, Twitch, and more. Aside from the exterior beauty that the firm provides, its LEED accredited professionals also apply the latest sustainable materials in construction. These efforts paid off when Silicon Valley Business Journal named Skyline Construction as one of the Top General Contractors of 2019.

The reconstruction of the 5,000-square-foot Olympic Club pro shop sought Skyline Construction’s help in collaboration with Kotas/Pantaleoni Architects. Most of the work focused on the exterior finishes, including restrooms with stucco entry brickwork, cherry wood stained trim, and updated windows. Skyline Construction completed the project in a crisp 14 weeks.

2) South Bay Construction

Website | 408-379-5500 | 1711 Dell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008

South Bay Construction is a design-build company capable of delivering retail projects that range from small- to large-scale build-outs. The firm has been providing new shell buildings and new construction for the service industry since 1978. Each professional behind the firm’s success continues to communicate openly with clients to produce a project that exceeds expectations.

South Bay Construction provided construction services for San Jose’s @First infrastructure development with a retail center for Target. The firm provided pre-construction services that included paving, underground utility, electrical, drainage, bioswales, and irrigation construction. Then the retail structures were assembled using wood and steel frames with bright exterior finishes.

1) Hillhouse Construction

Website | 408-467-1000 | 140 Charcot Ave., San Jose, CA 95131

Hillhouse Construction has helped many retail businesses prosper through its trusted design-build expertise. Its team of expert builders combines years of knowledge and industry experience to build award-winning projects in San Jose and its neighboring cities. Because of its wide scope of clientele, it has been featured in publications including the San Francisco Business Times, the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Buildings magazine, and The Registry.

Hillhouse Construction offers clients a full range of services from pre-construction to project close-out, all while throwing in sustainable materials in the process. This same principle is applied in the construction of the 98,665-square-foot Emeryville Public Market. More than the exterior elements of this retail build-out, Hillhouse provided extensive planning of its structural upgrades. Meanwhile, the sustainability features of the market earned it a Gold-Level California Catalyst Grant for Sustainability.