General Contractor, Retail Construction Services Celebrates 30th Anniversary

January 12, 2015 02:49 PM Eastern Standard Time
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Retail Construction Services, Inc., a leading national general contractorcelebrates 30th anniversary.

“We are grateful for our dedicated staff that helped our business reach this significant milestone. We are excited to add to our staff, through active participation in a military initiative that began in 2014, to hire retired and active veteran personnel as our next generation of Field Superintendents.”

“We are pleased to celebrate 30 great years, and are thankful to our customers for their lasting trust,” said company CEO and Founder Steve Bachman. “We are grateful for our dedicated staff that helped our business reach this significant milestone. We are excited to add to our staff, through active participation in a military initiative that began in 2014, to hire retired and active veteran personnel as our next generation of Field Superintendents.

“From the very beginning, we at Retail Construction Services, Inc. have understood that high ethical standards are critical to the creation of a great company. 'Do the Right Thing' is more than our mantra; it is incorporated into our core values, which, for us includes honesty, respect, integrity, responsibility and initiative. I believe that Retail’s success in our first 30 years is born from these values and will continue to be the driving force into our future.

“Retail began 30 years ago as a small general contractor focused on providing solutions in the retail construction industry,” Bachman said. “We’ve since grown into a leader in the industry. I’m proud to be a part of a company that has such a storied history and value structure – one that has stood the test of time. I’m confident that our commitment to our staff, solving problems for our clients and continuously innovating and improving will allow us to continue to grow over the next 30 years – and beyond.”
Retail Construction Services began focusing on retail build-outs for national retailers but has since evolved into a full service construction company. In addition to being a perennial leader in retail store construction; RCS also focuses on the ground-up construction of restaurants,banks / financial facilities, business offices, medical offices, and golf clubhouses. “Every new market or new business direction we have taken we simply followed our core values and business practices and forged ahead. We treat every project with years of experience and turn over to our clients the best product and something they can be proud of,” said Vice President of Construction, Mike Lubarski.

RCS’s Facilities Management division was launched in 1997 and is now an established Facilities Management contender averaging over 750 projects annually. The division is geared to handle client capital improvement, retrofits, re-branding, or remodeling roll-out programs as a one-stop-shop.
Over the past several years, Retail Construction Services has developed its own customized proprietary software system, Databahn©, that is unlike anything in the current marketplace. This system was designed to streamline and ensure maximum efficiency in management of subcontractors, estimating, project management, taxes, client specific information, licensing, permitting, and construction documents. “While this software system makes our life easier, it is an ultimate benefit to our clients. Over the years, we have had numerous clients call us up in somewhat of a panic because they were going through a sale and use tax audit and didn’t understand the ramifications.”
Retail Construction Services CFO, Gerry Kuntz recalls, “We received a call from a major national client saying that after they received our detailed backup reports, they had a clean audit with respect to RCS’ work and as a result of our accounting practices. They further expressed a wish that all of their contractors were as well prepared and as organized as Retail Construction Services. Our clients are faced with project costs that do not stop with their contractors. However, it is our practice to ensure that our costs to our client end when the job is turned over, giving our clients confidence that the budget is the budget.”

“In 2006 we began working on construction projects that are designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner to reduce their overall impact to the environment,” says company COO, Joni Fletty. Holding close to values in creating sustainable, healthy, lively communities and environments, this General Contractor cares about its impact on quality, safety, durability, and doing more with less.

As a further commitment to social responsibility within the community, RCS turned 6,000 sq. ft. of corporate turf into a Teaching Giving Garden in 2009. Since its inception, the RCS Teaching Giving Garden has donated almost 15,000 lbs of fresh produce to the local food shelf. The program has expanded to include teaching, mentoring and giving programs with students from various schools, high schools, church programs and volunteers. “This giving garden reveals the abilities of this company, its people, our partner companies, and many volunteers. It’s not only the fruition of the produce we grow to help sustain those in our community, but the fruition of that community and our company coming together, one seed at a time,” says Fletty. To read more about the RCS Giving Garden, visit:

About Retail Construction Services, Inc.
Since it was founded in 1984, Retail Construction Services, Inc. has built over 10,000 major projects, and over 40,000 store refreshes, retrofits and other Facilities Management work in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada, representing over $1.4 Billion in company revenue. Retail Construction Services maintains and is actively licensed in all 50 States, Canada, USVI and Puerto Rico.

Retail Construction Services, Inc.
Steve Bachman, 651-704-9000 ext. 1701

RCS Teaching Giving Garden

The RCS Teaching Giving Garden finished its 2014 growing season just shy of 15,000 pounds donated to the local food shelf!  Follow our progress at:

Nike Grand Reopening ~ LEED Gold Certified

Nike celebrates the launch of its new six-floor brand concept in Union Square, San Francisco. Grand Opening activities for NIKE SAN FRANCISCO will included a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. and special events throughout the day. General Contractor:  Retail Construction Services, Inc. 

Rapid City Correction Center

DOC Building complete by Retail Construction Services, Inc. 
May 23, 2012 6:30 am  • 

It took eight years, several stumbles and a court battle, but the Department of Corrections finally has a permanent home in western South Dakota.

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May 23, 2012 6:30 am  •  
It took eight years, several stumbles and a court battle, but the Department of Corrections finally has a permanent home in western South Dakota.
The first 82 inmates will settle into the new Black Hills Correctional Transition Center next week. The center is a few blocks south of its current home on Creek Drive, which eight years ago was intended to be temporary.
The public and several dignitaries, including Gov. Dennis Daugaard, toured the 55,294-square-foot building Tuesday. Several lingered for the dedication ceremony that followed.
“It’s wonderful. It’s a wonderful day,” said Tim Reisch, adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard, surveying the new facility.
Estimated to cost $5.6 million dollars, the center was built without any debt, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said during the dedication.
Inmates have contributed more than 575,000 man hours to the region’s labor force through work release, assignments to local government, forest fuel conservation, fire suppression and mountain pine beetle mitigation, he said.
The center means even more opportunities for inmate labor and more opportunities for inmates to become responsible citizens, Daugaard said.
The center will come in under budget, thanks in part to the 43,500 man hours of inmate labor that went into the project, according to Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk.
As corrections secretary, Reisch spearheaded the effort to bring inmates in the South Dakota prison system closer to home for the final months of their sentence.
He joked freely about the long search to find a suitable site for the center. When inmates moved into a converted warehouse in February 2004, they were only supposed to stay18 months.
A site near the Rapid City landfill was first rejected because of methane gas. A site north of Interstate 90 along Elk Vale Road is in the flood plain. Legislators rejected a third site along Elk Vale Road, south of I-90 after a public outcry.
The search finally brought Reisch to the former American Concrete Equipment property a few blocks south of the temporary unit at 2317 Creek Drive, only to have neighboring Purdues Inc. challenge the location all the way to the state Supreme Court.
“We fought a long time. We had a lot of people helping – the governor, the legislature and people in Rapid City were on board from the start. It was just a matter of finding the right place,” Reisch said.
Approximately one-third of the more than 3,000 male inmates of the state prison system call the counties of Pennington, Meade, Lawrence, Butte and Fall River home, Kaemingk said.“This has been a long time coming.”
Working and living closer to their family and friends can help make that transition out of prison successful.
Over the coming months, another 100 inmates will join the first group living at the new center. The center’s capacity of more than 400 inmates will be reached over the next two years, according to the unit manager Brett Krenzke.
Those will all be minimum security inmates on work release, doing community service work or transitioning back into the community, Krenzke said.
The 19,000-square foot dormitory on the second floor houses men in 12-bunk open pods with centralized restrooms, telephones and desks for writing or reading. Each inmate has a locker and bunk shelf suitable for an inmate-purchased fan or television (no cable).
The restrooms are handicapped-accessible. The building is equipped with an elevator.
The first floor of the massive structure contains a dining room and kitchen managed by a professional firm that uses inmate workers.
Krenzke said the additional space will allow the center to expand programming to help men transition back into the community.
Inmates will have access to classroom and a computer room (no Internet) for completing their GED. A full-time teacher is being hired.
The additional space will accommodate drug and alcohol support groups, counseling sessions and religious gatherings.
Inmates will also have access to a nurse, dental care, eye care and mental health counseling at the building.
Inmates on work release will enter and leave through a receiving area where their street clothes are stored in lockers. Random strip searches will help control contraband, according to Springfield warden Bob Dooley.
More than 140 cameras will monitor the inmates.
The outdoor recreation area will have weights, basketball and a sweat lodge.
A television-equipped day room will double as the visitor reception area. Friends and family can visit inmates on the weekends and holidays.

General Contractor Completes MOA Peeps & Company Store

Peeps the latest brand to use Mall of America as retail lab

By Tom Webb

POSTED:   01/19/2012 12:01:00 AM CST

Not every store has a giant yellow Peep on the roof.

At Mall of America this week, Peeps & Co. opens a fun-loving store with a serious purpose - building a brand by showcasing the products of a single company.

But Peeps is following a popular script, as more and more companies better known as product-makers decide to try their hand at opening their own retail stores.

And when they do, many companies are choosing Mall of America as a test market, a laboratory or a launching pad. Whether Lego or Microsoft, Nine West or Columbia Sportswear, Apple or Peeps, the megamall has become a national destination for manufacturers wanting to go the next step and create their own stores, even if they're still tweaking the details.
With Peeps & Co., the iconic marshmallow candy’s maker joins Lego, Microsoft, Apple and other companies with Mall of America stores devoted
With Peeps & Co., the iconic marshmallow candy's maker joins Lego, Microsoft, Apple and other companies with Mall of America stores devoted exclusively to selling their own products. See a slideshow with more photos. (Pioneer Press: Jean Pieri)
"The mall has become a place to try out concepts, to see if they work, because of the huge customer base," said Jim McComb, a Twin Cities retail analyst.
The Bloomington megamall boasts an enormous number of stores that started life as consumer brands: American Girl, Lacoste, Lucky Brand Jeans, Bose, Lindt Chocolate, Desigual, Nike, AT&T, Michael Kors, and on and on. There's even a Mayo Clinic store.

The power of 42 million visitors a year is a big part of the lure, but mall officials say it's more than that.
"We have traffic, but we also have a real good cross-section of America, so you can do a lot of good market research here about what works and what doesn't," said Maureen Bausch, Mall of America's executive vice president.

Plus, the mall woos established companies considering the leap into retail.

"We're constantly out there, looking for people," she said. "If you read in an industry publication that they might open (retail stores), you call them right away."
After nearly 20 years in business, Mall of America has become a popular retail laboratory. Lego opened its first-ever Lego store at MOA. When Steve Jobs arm-twisted Apple's board of directors to open its first four Apple stores, one was at Mall of America.
The new Peeps & Co. store, with its giant yellow chick on top, is a 3,000-square-foot standalone shop on the first level of the Nickelodeon Universe theme
The new Peeps & Co. store, with its giant yellow chick on top, is a 3,000-square-foot standalone shop on the first level of the Nickelodeon Universe theme park at Bloomington's Mall of America. The company also has a store in Baltimore. (Pioneer Press: Jean Pieri)
In 2010, Microsoft followed suit with one of its early retail stores at the megamall.

At times, those start-ups seem more about marketing and branding than just profit and loss. But they do allow product-makers to showcase their wares - and nobody else's - in the most favorable light, while capturing all the sales dollars themselves.

"You have greater control of what happens in them," said Akshay Rao, a marketing professor at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

"You connect with your consumers directly. And to the extent that you want to make an emotional connection with your consumers directly, you might want to have your own stores, to make sure you have control."
But there are downsides.

Retailing is a tough business, and new concepts don't have a high success rate. Not every successful manufacturer has the skills, or brand strength, for its own chain of stores. Plus, it can be tough on traditional retailers, such as department stores, when strong brands that were once partners become competitors.

The Peeps & Co. store is a creation of the Just Born candy company, a Pennsylvania-based firm that for decades has made Peeps, Hot Tamales and Mike and Ike. It opened its first retail store in 2009 in Baltimore. The Mall of America store is its second.

The playful MOA store, with the yellow chick on top, is a 3,000-square-foot standalone shop in Nickelodeon Universe. Conveying the right tone was essential.

"I don't think we're a traditional mall concept," said Marvin Cooper, a company vice president. "We need to be in a place where we can establish ourselves in an atmosphere of fun. Mall of America, the amusement park (inside), it's just so unique and such an amazing opportunity. ... That's why we chose Mall of America. We were able to build the store the way we wanted on the outside as well as on the inside."
Peeps went to great lengths to make its showcase store unique.

"All of the music in the store is written and composed for us," Cooper said. "The videos were done for us. The lighting, the LED lighting, we designed and put in so it all work together. The lights change color with the music."

Plus, there's loads of Just Born candy in colors and varieties "you can't find anywhere else," Cooper said.
"People get a big smile on their face" when they come upon the Peeps store, the candy executive said. "They can't believe there's a store like this."

LEED Toyota Dealership Completed

Toyota of the Black Hills was awarded LEED® Certification, Silver Level
Toyota Dealership Re-Opens  

Toyota of the Black Hills has moved from downtown Rapid City to the growing commercial corridor east of town along Interstate 90 and into a new dealership building designed to be as environmentally friendly as the brand's signature Prius hybrid car. The dealership, at 1920 E. Mall Drive, was designed by Rapid City 

FourFront Design architect Heather Rederth to the standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council, which offers several levels of certification demonstrating a project's low impact on the environment. Jerry Jasinski, who along with Kevin Randall owns the Toyota dealership and Rapid Chevrolet, said concern for the environment is "in the genes" of the company, which now has a range of hybrid vehicles and is working on an electric version of its RAV4 sport utility vehicle. Jasinski said the dealership was built with local materials, has a geothermal heating system and captures rainwater in a way that reduces silt runoff into the storm sewer system. "It's all about what kind of footprint you have on your community," he said.  Retail Construction Services of Minnesota was the contractor.