Retail projects come with the challenge of finding the perfect contractor to meet each client’s needs. For this reason, the below list compiles some of the best retail contractors in Santa Monica, California. Because of their diligence, Santa Monica is replete with various malls and shopping centers designed with the Californian landscape in mind. The below firms were chosen based on their skills, prior experience, specialty services, and their range of expertise. Several of these companies offer unique services and have been featured in a wide variety of publications.


1805 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Founded in 1985, Taslimi operates out of its office in Santa Monica and offers its clients a complete and comprehensive range of general contracting services. It is regarded for its stellar portfolio, which showcases a variety of spaces completed for the corporate office, entertainment, and residential market sectors. The company extends its services throughout Southern California and manages projects regardless of size or complexity. It is also known for its ability to complete all of its spaces on time and within the agreed-upon budget. 

The chosen project was one of our favorites from the firm’s portfolio. It spans over 9,000 square feet and was designed in collaboration with AC Martin. Located in Los Angeles, this space was completed for Dekkadance. It features an excellent modern and contemporary feel with pops of color and excellent tile work.

McCormick Construction

2507 Empire Ave, Burbank, CA 91504

Founded in 1914, McCormick Construction operates out of its office in Burbank and offers its clients a diverse array of commercial renovation and construction services. It assists its clients at every step, from preconstruction and general contracting to finish and construction management. It is also known for its great design-build approach, which allows it to keep the entire process in-house. Outside of the company’s office work, its portfolio includes  several  educational, museum, healthcare, hospitality, and residential projects. The company has also taken on various creative spaces and religious projects. 

The above project showcases its expertise. Located in Beverly Hills, this project was completed for Wally’s. It entailed working on an extensive 6,000 square foot area of existing retail space. The scope of work included demolition of the original interior space and seismic upgrades to the building, in addition to adding finishing touches to the kitchen and bathrooms.

Letter Four

8695 Washington Blvd #205, Culver City, CA 90232

Letter Four is a full-service architectural design and construction firm that extends its services throughout Los Angeles. It is a leading expert in the design-build process, which assures clients that it can maintain an in-house process. This lessens the added challenge of having to look for additional subcontractors. The firm has been in business since 2010 and has served over 438 clients. Its portfolio showcases a range of tenant improvements, residential remodels, new construction, restaurants, fitness centers, and hospitality projects. Depicted below is one of the firm’s best works. 

Located just off the famed Rodeo Drive, this project serves as a brand’s West Coast flagship store. It features great custom finishes and a vintage brass-trimmed door, with unique fixtures and onyx floors.

Alonzo Construction Inc.

11556 Barman Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

Headquartered in Culver City, Alonzo Construction has been in business since 1985. It specializes in custom residential and commercial projects and has worked in some of the best areas in Southern California. At the firm’s helm is its founder and namesake, Ernesto Alonzo. He is an experienced professional who ensures that each of the firm’s projects receives the benefit of his experience throughout the entire process. Since the firm’s establishment, the company has secured close relationships and partnerships with some of the area’s best and leading architects, designers, and decorators. 

Alonzo’s work has been featured in a variety of publications. These magazines include Kitchens and Baths, Los Angeles Times Magazine, and US Architecture. The firm credits its success to its attention to detail and expertise in a wide variety of architectural vernaculars, from traditional to contemporary themes.

DGR Construction

1999 Ave Of The Stars #1100 Los Angeles County, CA 90067

With over two decades of industry experience, DGR Construction extends its services throughout Los Angeles County. It specializes in commercial construction work and adheres to the highest of standards. Some of its best projects can be seen in Pasadena, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, and Culver City. It has secured a strong reputation for itself and completes projects for brands and names like IMAX, USC, and the RBC Royal Bank. The firm’s team works directly with architects, owners, and engineers and is especially regarded for its cannabis construction, retail space, medical offices, creative space, industrial and studio construction projects. 

Interested clients may benefit from its free consultation work to discuss the details of their project. In terms of design, its portfolio showcases an affinity for modern and contemporary themes, with impressive custom touches and finishes.

CalAsia Construction

3050 Fletcher Drive., Los Angeles, CA 90065

CalAsia Construction first started out in 2003 and operates out of its office in Los Angeles. It is the brainchild of its founder, John Murawski, and his wife Myrna Murawski. Under their leadership, the company has designed and completed over 500 projects since its inception. These include everything from restaurants to custom homes. John and Myrna are joined by their talented and experienced staff of finish carpenters, concrete specialists, framers, electricians, and general laborers. Together, they manage projects regardless of scale and have been noted to complete their projects within difficult time frames.

The depicted project was completed back in April of 2016. It was constructed for the Library Store for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. For this project, its team opted for a sleek and modern design complete with excellent cabinetry and shelving. 

DPT Construction

19201 Parthenia St, Unit #B, Northridge, CA 91324

Founded in 1996, DPT Construction extends its services throughout the Los Angeles area. It is highly regarded for its tenant improvements and commercial spaces. The firm has curated an excellent portfolio of hotel renovations, commercial retail, tenant improvement, institutional, restaurants, and residential projects. It works closely with owners and general contractors, emphasizing the importance of close communication throughout the entire process. This allows for little to almost no major revisions during construction.

The firm is led by its president and CEO, David Daoud. He is a talented builder who draws inspiration from over decades of industry experience. Under his leadership, the company offers excellent packages and innovative techniques.


  • 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