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The Best Retail Contractors in Baltimore

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The Baltimore Metropolitan Area, also known as Central Maryland, is composed of three principal communities: Baltimore, Columbia, and Towson. Many tourists know the area for being home to the Baltimore Orioles, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Navy Midshipmen. The Baltimore Metropolitan Area also has great spots for outdoor activities such as boating and fishing, as well as several cultural and historical sites. It is also the location of four Fortune 1000 companies: Grace Chemicals, Legg Mason, T. Rowe Price, and McCormick & Company.

For anyone who lives in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area or is interested in expanding or starting their business, we have created a list of the best retail contractors in the area. These firms have built a reputation for being collaborative with clients while maintaining professionalism and industry standards throughout the duration of their projects.

Merritt Construction Services

2066 Lord Baltimore Drive Baltimore, MD 21244 

Merritt Construction Services has been providing the Baltimore Metropolitan Area with site development, general construction, redevelopment, and interior build-out services for more than 50 years. Its construction team takes a collaborative approach to ensure client needs are understood and met as the project progresses. Clients are also offered the option to be as involved as they want to be during subcontractor selection and project pricing.

Most of Merritt Construction Services’ projects are for the warehouse and industrial, office, retail, food, and beverage, sports, fitness, wellness, and healthcare industries. The Apple Ford car dealership for Ford Corporate is one of the firm’s retail projects in Columbia. The firm’s work included major renovations alongside the exterior and showroom renovations. The bathrooms, customer lounge, and service/quick lane were similarly improved. Merrit Construction Services completed the work in five months while the dealership remained fully operational.

Plano-Coudon Construction

2101 Washington Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21230

Plano-Coudon Construction was founded in 1998 to combine an engineer’s skillset, the experience of large contractors, and the passion of building experts with experience on mid-range construction projects. Since the firm’s founding, it has grown into a team of over 95 professionals with experience in major markets like healthcare, life sciences, mission-critical, industrial, retail, office, multi-family, and non-profit.

The 818 Market is a ground-up, three-story building retail project in Catonsville. It features a basement, a gourmet grocery store, a restaurant and bar, and a commercial kitchen. The building exterior uses a traditional style similar to the main street—trimmed shake and clapboard siding.

Southway Builders

1318 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

Southway Builders is a Baltimore-based contractor specializing in adaptive use, commercial, historical renovation, multi-family housing, residential, and senior living projects. Its work can be found in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Among those are the Merritt Park and Erdman Avenue Shopping Centers in Dundalk. Southway Builders worked on the demolition of multiple existing pad site buildings, including a gas station and the remediation of underground tanks. The firm replaced all existing storefronts while erecting new canopy structures and raised building façades.

Founded in 1991, Southway Builders has worked with clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The firm has collaborated with its clients, community leaders, and residents in transforming communities. Its projects feature dynamic urban designs that provide quality, sustainable structures.

Mazzuca Contracting

10907 Guilford Road, Suite A, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 

Mazzuca Contracting has built a reputation with its clients for being organized, collaborative, and dedicated. Several clients have noted the firm’s ability to adapt to and handle different scenarios while remaining on schedule. These clients come from a wide range of industries such as advanced technology, mission-critical, healthcare, education, law and accounting, retail, restaurant, and industrial.

Mazzuca Contracting has offices in the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest regions, including Maryland. Its projects can be found in similar areas, one of which is the Lockheed Martin Innovation Center in Annapolis Junction. The advanced technology center is a 1,425-square-foot project meant to cater to the needs of Lockheed Martin’s employees and clients. It features high-end architectural components and a complex standalone audio-visual integration system. The work done on this project has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.

A. R. Marani, Inc.

7500 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21234 

A.R. Marani, Inc. (ARM) has completed projects for clients from different industries over the past 30 years in the healthcare, commercial, education, restaurant, and retail sectors. The Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore is a retail project wherein the firm collaborated with the client throughout the process. The scope of work included working on the exterior decks, interior structural repairs, installing gypsum wallboard ceilings, basement slab demolition and excavation, and the installation of all the doors, hardware, and bookcases.

ARM provides its clients with budgeting, constructability, value engineering, scheduling, construction, self-performance, and safety services. Its project scope also features historic renovations, tenant fit-outs, and new construction.

F.M. Harvey Construction

128 Cockeysville Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030 

F.M. Harvey Construction remains committed to providing clients with quality construction services. For the past 61 years, the firm has worked on offering a one-stop convenience for design-build, general contracting, construction, and facility management needs. Current owner Frank M. Harvey, Jr. has been leading Harvey Construction in providing solutions that are both efficient and creative since he took over from his father Frank M. Harvey, Sr.

Eddie’s of Roland Park in Baltimore received a full interior renovation from Harvey Construction’s team. The work the team did on the grocery store resulted in more efficient space usage without drastically increasing the building’s footprint. This has allowed Eddie’s of Roland Park to increase its catering business and improve its customer-centric features. Harvey Construction also worked on replacing the front brick wall with a new floor-to-ceiling aluminum glass storefront, which brings in continuous sunlight during the daytime. All of this work was provided while the establishment remained open for business.

KasCon, Inc.

6325 Woodside Court, Suite 300, Columbia, MD 21046 

Located in Columbia, KasCon works on projects in Baltimore and the surrounding area and provides general contractor and management services to commercial clients. The firm’s approach is based on being fully aware of the entire project from the drafting to the finishing stages. The impact each phase has on the project is taken into careful consideration to ensure unforeseen problems can be addressed immediately.

KasCon specializes in serving office, healthcare, industrial, education, retail, religious, government, and defense clients. The Meadow Creek Building in Westminster is part of the firm’s retail projects and required complex occupied site renovation. In addition to working on the building itself, KasCon also worked on a bank drive-through, adjacent parking, sidewalks, and landscaping. Everything was completed on schedule and within budget even when the firm faced permit issuance, weather, and material delays.


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at Baltimore Architect 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 HomeBuilderDigest, 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