What’s good in Seattle? World-class retailers like Nordstrom, Starbucks, Amazon, Costco, and more are all based in this robust city. In the last decade, downtown Seattle has had a steady increase of 38 percent in the retail industry. These brick-and-mortar stores provide more than just products; they provide a shopping experience that most online shops can’t. If you are a local business owner who wants to start or expand in Seattle, now is the best time to do so. 

Before you make the crucial choice, take a look at these eight contractors. Each builder was evaluated based on a number of criteria, in addition to the style and quality of structures built. 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.

If you are thinking about building a retail store, we recommend checking each builder’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.




1910 Bickford Ave. Suite A, Snohomish, WA 98290

Corstone is a multi-state commercial contractor that has served the greater Seattle area with prime construction since 2002. Mark Tapert depends on his 30 years of professional experience as he leads a team of construction experts. Under his wing, Corstone has experienced tremendous growth. The firm has worked with varied clients ranging from retail builders and developers to franchisees. These projects often included ground-up construction or additions and upgrades. 

Corstone’s portfolio showcases its ability to build projects as straightforward as 7-Elevens to larger projects such as grocery outlets. One of the firm’s retail projects is the Rite Aid retail space, which has over 75 branches in Washington, California, Colorado, and Oregon. The amount of projects that the firm has completed for the Rite Aid Corporation only proves its expertise in construction. This also shows the capacity of the firm to adapt and work seamlessly in different environments, from new construction to big-box alterations. 

Wilcox Construction 

234 5th Ave., S Edmonds, WA 98020

Since Al Wilcox established the company in 1963, Wilcox Construction has been creating spaces that exceed client expectations. Under the leadership of Matt Lessard, Paul Carter, and Trent Holobaugh, the firm has grown into a contractor licensed to work in eleven states including Washington.

Aside from quality construction, the firm values client concerns. It gives reassurance about project concerns through its 24/7 assist line. This ensures each client that projects are handled consistently and carefully throughout the process. Among these is a North Face outlet; although located in Bellevue, this project is a representative of the type of the firm’s work. Wilcox Construction worked with JGA Architects for the design of this shop.


8005 SE 28th St., Mercer Island, WA 98040

Bayley is a Washington-based commercial contractor licensed to work in nine states, adept in site and infrastructure work for markets such as retail, performing arts, education, and government. Ron Bayley is a Seattle native who began working at Bayley in 1968. His moving his way up in the company has helped him value and lead the team more effectively since becoming the president in 1988. The firm specializes in seismic retrofitting, renovation, and new construction of different commercial structures; retail is also one of its specializations.

Westlake Center (Seattle, Washington) Image released to Bayley Construction for 2014 Building Washington Awards submittal.

Bayley worked on the renovation of the Westlake Center in Seattle. The project included store relocations, new vertical transportations, complete structural upgrade, and a renovation of the facade to keep up with modern designs. The 102,706-square-foot mall houses high-end retail brands like American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Abercrombie & Fitch, Benetton, GAP, Cartier, Coach, Louis Vuitton, and more.

Pacific Retail Construction 

1420 5th Ave. Suite #2200, Seattle, WA 98101

Since 1990, Pacific Retail Construction’s goal has been to create spaces that will stand out and continue to bring the legacy to its name. The firm has built strong relationships with clients and has completed countless commercial projects in Seattle. Its skilled experts tailor each project to fit specific client needs, from budget planning down to its interior finishes. The firm’s industry presence is felt through membership in associations like the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC).

The firm specializes in retail, restaurant, hospitality, and commercial buildings. Pacific Retail Construction has worked with many popular names in retail, including Gucci, Bvlgari, Ecco, Nine West, and Louis Vuitton. The builder remodels these retail spaces to freshen up the style and ambiance of each store. Most retail upgrades include repainting, flooring, additional carpentry, concrete installation, graphics installation and updating, and minor repair works.


8343 154th Ave. NE Suite #210, Redmond, WA 98052

Deacon is a general commercial contractor based in Redmond. The firm is knowledgeable of diverse facets of construction like preconstruction, design-build, and project design. Since 1981, the firm has been building for many local and global brands in Washington, Oregon, and California. Some of these include brands like Target, Ikea, Macy’s, Guess, Banana Republic, and Coach. Thanks to its influence and range of construction services, the Silicon Valley Business Journal named Deacon as one of its 2019 Top General Contractors.

Deacon collaborated with Architects Orange for one of its biggest projects, the Seattle Premium Outlets. The upscale retail space is composed of brands like Burberry, Coach, Tory Burch, Kate Spade New York, and Polo Ralph Lauren. The whopping 400,000-square-foot space sits on 50 acres of land. The project was completed in three phases, which included ground-up construction for more than 120 tenants. Deacon’s project management is evident in the planning and traffic design, which the firm took into consideration to complete the project on time.

Abbott Construction 

3408 1st Ave., S Seattle, WA 98134

Abbott Construction has been serving Seattle with exceptional commercial work for more than 35 years. With branches in different regions, the firm understands the different conditions and requirements that each unique project entails. Troy Stedman’s role in the company has always been an essential part of its growth since 2002. Having lived in Los Angeles and Seattle, Stedman has a solid understanding of each city’s strengths and weaknesses in business characteristics.

Abbott Construction is an experienced contractor of commercial build-outs from design to completion. Its works, which are seen in Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles, recreated in accordance with LEED standards. The diverse collection of work in its portfolio shows Abbott’s versatility as a design-build firm. Among these is the retail sector. A notable project among its collection is the Pro Shop at Centurylink Field. The project involved the expansion of a 3,100-square-foot store into a 14,130-square-foot space to allow more room for storage and retail space. The store houses merchandises for Seahawks and Sounders fans. Other details of this expansion include mechanical, electrical and low-voltage system upgrades as well as custom fixtures and finishes. The Engineering News-Record awarded this project an Award of Merit for Retail & Mixed-Use.

GLY Construction 

200 112th Ave. Suite #300, Bellevue, WA 98004

Behind GLY Construction’s success is a legacy started by Harold Gall and Robert Landau. Based in Washington, the firm has established a great reputation among its clients through the various awards it has earned from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), AGC, and Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau (NWCB) for both private and public commercial projects. In 2018, Engineering News-Record gave the firm the Project of the Year award and Award of Merit for the Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Best Projects.

The firm has an extensive list of industry affiliations, but prominent associations include the American Institute of Architects, AGC, Design-Build Institute of America, Urban Land Institute, and USGBC. GLY also supports charitable institutions and associations outside construction.

Nordstrom is one of the largest luxury department chains in the U.S. GLY Construction had the chance to work on its Seattle Flagship store exterior renovation. The team simultaneously worked with another general contractor for this project, handling exterior wall finishes, storefront windows, and the replacement of storefront glazing systems with an aluminum-framed system. The project was awarded the 2016 Masonry Institute of Washinton Excellence in Masonry Award.

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This list takes a range of ranking criteria into consideration, including but not limited to: work history, customer satisfaction, awards and recognition, geographic area of work, cost, building permits, and clientele. We spent over 40 hours researching local contractors before calculating the final ranking for this post. If there is additional information about your business that could affect these rankings, please fill out this form and we will take it into consideration

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  • 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