Miami has fabulous shopping. From outlet malls, to pop-up shops, to grand shopping plazas, Miami offers not just endless things to browse, but infinite ways to do it. In the Design District alone you can find a decadent treasure trove of luxury brands, design outlets, antique shops, restaurants, and clubs. And the stores are becoming more architecturally intriguing as Miami’s reputation as a retail destination grows.
If you’re excited about the opportunities the Miami retail scene presents, we put together this list of the best retail contractors serving the area for you. This list is the product of an ongoing collaboration with Amicon, a premier South Florida general contracting company that specializes in high-end and complex ground-up projects. Many of these contractors have high-profile clients not only in Miami, but across the U.S. and the planet. We chose these contractors for the quality of their workmanship and their exceptional design, the kind of work that brings life and vitality to retail spaces. You may also be interested to know that many of these builders also perform high-end residential construction services.
7430 NE 4th Court, Miami, FL 33138
Amicon is a boutique general contracting and construction management firm located in Miami. Founded in 1996, the firm has provided clients with commercial, hospitality, mixed-use, and residential construction services. John Wood, president of Amicon, has been in the construction industry for over 25 years. In 2002, John co-founded Amicon Builders Corporation along with Ross Adickman and Adam Mopsick. Throughout the years, the firm has earned the trust of many national and international clients, including American Express, Facebook, Starbucks, and Prada, along with large multinational firms such as The Ritz Carlton. The company uses precision-focused project management to deliver superior-quality service and results. Furthermore, the principals are involved in each project to ensure seamless workmanship and impeccable products.
One of the firm’s recent projects is the Brown Jordan, a luxury furniture store located at the edge of Miami’s Midtown and Design District. This 8,500-square-foot showroom features a reclaimed Miami-Dade County pine, coral rock, and organic concrete flooring. Amicon has also completed numerous projects throughout the Design District including the interiors for Jason of Beverly Hills, Chrome Hearts, and Miu Miu.
120 NE 27th St., Miami, FL 33137
Since 1989, Brodson Construction has been one of the leading general contracting and construction management firms serving the South Florida area. From Miami to Los Angeles, the company has completed a broad range of projects, in size and scope. Brodson Construction specializes in ground-up construction, restaurant and hospitality buildings, and retail construction. Barry Brodsky, founder of the firm, established the company in 1989 with his father, Stanley. The firm has earned its reputation for cutting-edge design and impressive craftsmanship.
For the company’s exceptional building expertise, it has earned long-standing relationships with its clientele which has brought its business to other major cities such as Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and New York. Over the years, the company has built stores for numerous national brands including Gucci, Brioni, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, and more.
6820 Lyons Technology Circle Suite #100, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Butters Group is a design-build, development, and property management firm based in Coconut Creek. The firm is currently led by CEO Mark Butters and CFO Malcolm Butters. Aside from constructing high-quality commercial projects, the firm currently owns and manages approximately three million square feet of commercial space, comprised of office, industrial, and retail facilities from Atlanta to Miami. Butters is an active member of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP) South Florida Chapter, and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and the company is LEED-certified. The Butters Group consistently ranks among the most active commercial contractors in South Florida.
Throughout the years, the company has received a number of awards from the NAIOP, BOMA, and other institutions. In 2002, the company received the Diamond Award from the South Florida Business Journal and five NAIOP Developer of the Year Awards. Among its significant retail projects are the Boca Village Retail in Boca Raton and the Center of Commerce in Pompano Beach.
Kaufman Lynn Construction
3185 S Congress Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33445
Kaufman Lynn Construction is an award-winning Delray Beach-based commercial general contractor specializing in retail, office, institutional, and multifamily housing construction. The firm was founded in 1989 by President and CEO Michael Kaufman. Michael brings extensive experience to the company. He has been the project manager and estimator for Stiles Construction Company, the Vice President of Siegfried Construction, and the co-founder, vice president, and chief estimator for Haynes Kaufman Construction.
Kaufman and his firm have built many high-quality buildings throughout the Miami area. Consider their slew of awards, including the ABC Florida East Coast Chapter Excellence in Construction Award, honors from the CASF Craftsmanship Awards, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Contractor of the Year Award.
The firm consistently ranks as one of the Top 25 General Contractors in the South Florida Business Journal and they are often named one of the 400 largest contractors in the country by the Engineering News-Record. The 57,375-square-foot Shoppes of Civica is an excellent example of Kaufman Lynn’s exceptional craftsmanship.
MV Group USA
1200 Brickell Ave. Suite #600, Miami, FL 33131
MV Group is a full-service residential and commercial general contractor with services extending throughout South Florida, and as far north as Boca Raton and Palm Beach. President and CEO Manny Angelo Varas, an alumnus of Harvard University Graduate School of Design, founded the company in 2003. Varas holds a Master’s in Business Administration, and is a state-licensed general contractor, roofing contractor, and a real estate broker. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council. The firm’s commercial portfolio ranges from ground-up retail and commercial buildings, to the interiors of ultra-high-end retail stores.
For each commercial project, MV aims to perform. They want to generate higher productivity, foster creativity, increase innovation, and drive sales. They do this by designing the project for safety, comfort, flexibility, and accessibility. They do not, in other words, focus myopically on curb appeal. An example of MV Group’s work is the firm’s Paramount Design Center, designed to be a creative environment for potential customers and partners. For more information on MV Group, you can visit their website here.
Shawmut Design and Construction
10800 Biscayne Blvd. Suite #1000, Miami, FL 33161
Shawmut Design and Construction is an employee-owned, national construction management firm headquartered in Boston. They operate offices in Miami, New York, Providence, Las Vegas, New Haven, Los Angeles, Chicago, and West Springfield. The firm is currently led by CEO Les Hiscoe, a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of New Hampshire, while the Miami office is led by South Florida Director Timothy Barges. In 2018, the firm was named one of the nation’s best workplaces by Fortune Magazine for the third year in a row. Shawmut specializes in constructing retail, commercial, academic, corporate, cultural, healthcare, hospitality buildings, sports venues, and high-end residences. Shawmut’s retail building projects in Miami include luxury brands such as Baccarat, Tag Heuer, Chopard, Tom Ford, and Givenchy. The firm specializes in construction management, design-build, lean construction, integrated project delivery, sustainable construction, and virtual construction services.
8348 NW 56th St., Doral, FL 33166
President Rick Gonzalez and Vice President Dave Grabosky co-founded T&G Constructors in 1987. Since then, the firm has grown to become a recognized general contractor across the country. With offices in Miami and Orlando, the company has completed over $1 billion in projects, including renovations and new building constructions. In addition to serving the retail market, the company also serves the entertainment, federal, financial, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, and office sectors. Since its founding, the company has accumulated a number of awards, including multiple ABC Platinum STEP National Safety Awards and the AIA Contractor of the Year Award.
Gonzales and Grabosky are both LEED AP certified and each has more than three decades worth of experience, ensuring that T&G projects are up to standards of quality and sustainability. In 2017, T&G Constructors completed the Oakley Store at Disney Springs Colorado, which involved the renovation of the former Apex Store.
TWENTY TWO GROUP
3841 NE 2nd Ave. Suite #300, Miami, FL 33137
For many years, TWENTY TWO GROUP has served the State of Florida with high-end residential, commercial, and retail construction services. Cole Haynes, founder of the firm, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tampa and served as a member of the Jorge Perez School of Architecture symposium known as “Bridging the Gap,” a collaborative effort established to better assist designers, architects, and builders. Recently, Cole was named as a board member of the Miami Center for Architecture and Design.
Among the firm’s collection of impressive projects is the Christian Louboutin boutique in 40th street. In a joint venture with New York-based design firm 212 box, TWENTY TWO GROUP built a stunning and one-of-a-kind structure for Christian Louboutin’s new flagship store. The 3,874-square-foot store features peeled tree panels for the store’s exterior, giving it an eye-catching textured appearance. These panels were harvested by hand to leave the trees intact and were produced using 100 percent solar-powered electricity. The store’s interior also features unique and rough textures, with white birch, gold birch, and pin cherry wood lining up the walls.