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The Best Retail Contractors in Portland, Oregon

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Timberline Lodge Store at Portland International Airport for Bremik Construction.

Portland, located in the Pacific Northwest, is known for its tracts of urban green space, parks, nearby forests, and the stunning mountain backdrop of Mount Hood. For many reasons, locals love living here. This lovely city is about an hour east of Pacific beaches and just a bit west of the stunning Cascade mountains. The geography, atmosphere, comfort, food, beer, arts: Portland is just a great place to live and to visit.

Portland is a bustling city with numerous prospects for residents and business entrepreneurs. If you want to start a business in Portland, Oregon, this list covers some of the leading retail contractors. These firms were chosen after a thorough review of the best contractors serving the sector.

R&H Construction

2019 NW Wilson Street, Portland, OR 97209

R & H Construction, founded in 1979, is a group of project builders who continue to establish the Northwest’s character and push the boundaries of what is possible in construction. The firm specializes in commercial and tenant upgrades that are durable and crafted with the utmost care. The firm manages every project with attention and respect to the craft and an unrelenting dedication to the fundamental principles that define and direct the company.

Project by R&H Construction

R & H is a forward-thinking firm, engaging early in the design stage with the service, background, and knowledge that provide cost and schedule certainty as the company delivers an exceptional building experience. Under the supervision of John Ward, it prioritizes the safety of its team, subcontractors, clients, and the community. The firm has been named one of the Most Admired Companies and 100 Best Companies by Portland Business Journal and is one list of the 100 Best Green Companies from Oregon Business Magazine.

Andersen Construction

6712 N Cutter Circle, Portland, OR 97217

Established in 1950 by Andy Andersen, Andersen Construction builds throughout the Pacific Northwest with offices operating in Portland, Seattle, Eugene, and Boise. It excels at building technically challenging commercial, residential, and industrial projects. Andersen takes a highly collaborative management approach, and its portfolio includes healthcare, multi-family housing, educational, advanced technology, commercial offices, industrial, retail, parking, and hospitality developments.

Project by Andersen Construction

The company began as a family business and has more than earned its great reputation. The firm has received the 2022 Multi-family Housing Award for the Eugene Market District and the 2020 Regional Excellence for U.S. WoodWorks from Wood Design Awards.

Bremik Construction

1026 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214

Since Bremik Construction was founded in 2004, it has dedicated itself to being one of the top contractors in Oregon. It focuses on commercial and tenant upgrades for clients in Washington, Multnomah, and the surrounding area. The company has a strong safety program, with several training opportunities, activities, and protocols in place to enhance workplace safety and health.

Project by Bremik Construction

Bremik’s Safety Director was given the authority to lift the bar to the industry’s highest safety standard in 2010. As a result, the practice has become one of Oregon’s safest places to work. It is also an awardee of LEED Gold (2017), the AIA Merit Award (2018), and the DJC Top Projects Award in the People’s Choice Tenant Improvement Category. The firm’s projects have also been featured in publications like Portland Business Journal, Airport Revenue News, and Daily Journal of Commerce.

Robinson Construction Co.

8060 NE Walker Road, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Robinson Construction has enjoyed over 60 years of proactive, successful growth by repeatedly exceeding the expectations of its clients. RCC was founded on the core values of integrity, family values, and pride in a job well done, which remain the driving force behind its success. The firm specializes in several services, including general construction, project management, site design and development, project planning and sequencing, estimating (conceptual to detailed), and budget development.

Project by Robinson Construction Co.

As part of its construction safety program, RCC necessitates supervisors at every level to include active accident prevention as a crucial element of their operation. RCC is led by Randy Robinson and maintains affiliations with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

BnK Construction

45 82nd Drive, Suite 53B, Gladstone, OR 97027

BnK Construction, Inc. is a general commercial contractor in the Portland Metropolitan and Southwest Washington areas. The firm specializes in commercial tenant improvement and ground-up construction, delivering quality projects completed on schedule and within budget, encompassing a client’s vision coming to life. Licensed in the Oregon and Washington states, BnK is proud of the reputation it has built over the past 25 years. Any contractor can build. Not only can BnK Construction build a better product, they are focused on building lasting relationships partnering with you on your first, second and third project.

Project by BnK Construction

All told, BnK has over 75 years of combined industry experience and is dedicated to putting that experience to work for its clients. Principals Rick Shandy, Todd Rocha, Neal Linegar, and the entire BnK team are committed to providing results clients will love without sacrificing quality or cutting corners.

Hammer & Hand Construction

1020 SE Harrison Street, Portland, OR 97214

With over 25 years of background, Hammer & Hand works with clients and architects in the Pacific Northwest. The firm specializes in renovating, high-performance construction, and commercial space projects. The company focuses on providing exquisite craftsmanship while employing modern project management systems to achieve the most remarkable results.

Project by Hammer & Hand Construction

Daniel Thomas, CEO and co-founder, knew from a young age that he wanted to create homes. His early enthusiasm and devotion are reflected in a really attractive crayon picture of a stick person building a house mounted on the wall of the company’s office. “I want to be a man who works on houses,” the caption says. Years later, Thomas continues to achieve his ambition alongside a team of experienced men and women who work on great homes throughout Portland.

Colas Construction

1419 NW 14th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

Raising the standard for quality construction with a focus on sustainability, equity, and access to opportunity, Colas Construction builds to inspire the community. It is an American general contracting firm founded by Hermann Colas, Jr., a scholar and U.S. Veteran with proud Haitian roots. Colas Construction builds with excellence, sustainability, and the future in mind while dedicating resources to lift others as it climbs.

Project by Colas Construction

The firm specializes in the pre-construction, post-construction, affordable housing, and projects for the civic, education, healthcare, historic, mixed-use, multifamily, nonprofit, and retail sectors. Founder Hermann Colas Jr. has at least 27 years of experience in construction and is a graduate of Bachelor of Science, Math, and Computer Science from Portland State University.

Market Contractors

10250 NE Marx St, Portland, OR 97220

Market Contractors is a complete service design and construction general contractor that provides integral program management, casework, and design services for both large and small businesses. The firm’s award-winning commercial construction and renovation work can be experienced coast to coast, from retail spaces to veterinary suites.

Project by Market Contractors

Some of the many honors the firm has received since its founding in 1978 are the Excellence in Construction award, being named one of Top Ten Growing Companies, several top 5 ratings in the Nation’s Top 160 Retail Contractors, and a 5 STAR award from Pulse of the City in 2016. Market Contractors’s work has also been featured by publications like DJC Oregon and The Engineering News-Record.

Joseph Hughes Construction

11125 SW Barbur Boulevard, Portland, OR 97219

Joseph Hughes Construction was initially formed in 1981 to concentrate on the tenant improvement market. The firm has grown from those humble beginnings into a $25 million corporation with 24 employees. The firm has provided clients with high-quality construction services for 34 years and completed hundreds of projects of various types in the office, industrial, retail, restaurant, institutional, and, most recently, adaptive reuse building sectors.

Project by Joseph Hughes Construction

Joseph Hughes Construction has extensive experience in new construction, tenant improvement, remodel work, pre-construction, and design-build. It operates under the leadership of owner and president Joe Hughes, who has at least 41 years of experience in construction. He studied at the University of Oregon and Portland State University.

Essex General Construction

17400 SW 65th Avenue, Suite 100, Lake Oswego OR 97035

Essex General Construction is a commercial general contractor founded in 1987, serving Western Oregon and Southwest Washington. The firm is a dynamic construction company created by builders who love their craft. The firm embraces and respects its employees as its teammates under the leadership of Bo Oswald, President. Under his experienced oversight, his company provides its clients honest respect and absolute best effort.

Project by Essex General Construction

Essex treats its construction partners with fairness and accountability. Its constant mission is to strive and make a fair profit while building safely and right the first time. The people behind the team are stewards of the community and mindful of the built and natural environment.

Todd Construction

18407 SW Boones Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97224

Todd Construction is an Oregon-based general contractor established in 1942. The firm comprises third-generation members of the Todd family working alongside superintendents with over 30 years dedicated to the company. Todd Construction is committed to creating satisfied clients who want to hire the firm again for their next project. Integrity, superior quality, unmatched productivity and a focus on safety are hallmarks of Todd Construction.

Project by Todd Construction

While the contractor is known throughout Western Oregon as a premier builder of educational facilities, it works in many other market segments as well, including retail establishments. The featured building sits in Kruse Village in Lake Oswego. The 62,000-square-foot retail and restaurant hub is spread across six single-story buildings with modern facades of brick veneer, stucco, metal, wood, and glass storefront systems. An open-air pavilion features a seasonal produce market in one of the center’s three central plazas.

Walen Construction, LLC

20915 SW 105th Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062

Walen Construction was built on the concept of always working as a team on every project. It starts building relationships by understanding the needs of the client. By understanding needs, the project team can work with the same goal in mind to exceed the expectations of the finished project.

Project by Walen Construction, LLC

Walen Construction specializes in auto dealerships, food processing facilities, retail, wineries, industrial, manufacturing, tenant improvements, and special projects. The firm continues to raise its safety and health standards by putting its employees and clients first, treating them with respect, and concentrating on their continual well-being. It is a proud recipient of the AGC Safety Program Recognition Indicating Dedication and Excellence (PRIDE) Award. This award is given to select contractor members of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter for demonstrating safety excellence and is recognized by OR-OSHA.


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at Portland Architects 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 Portland Architects, 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

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