From the turn of the nineteenth century up until WWII, the Benning family made its mark on the Atlanta landscape with
various landmarks, including the Downtown Flat Iron Building as well as The Plaza Theatre on Ponce de Leon. For the
past 60 years, Benning Construction Company has continued to grow its market share of grocery, pharmacy and cinema
projects throughout the Southeast. Please take a moment to explore our past through the timeline below.




The English-American Loan and Trust Company building was constructed in 1887 for prominent Atlanta businessman, Augustus Harrison Benning who served as president of the company. Benning was a prominent city builder shaping much of the early Atlanta business scene, who came to the city from Savannah via several decades in the Chinese coastal trades. Although a native of Georgia, Benning had made his fortunes as a ship captain in China and returning to Georgia in the late 1800’s, married Margaret Rowena Russell of McDonough, and settled in the Edgewood area of DeKalb County where they went on to develop real estate for much of the surrounding area and fostered the next generation of Benning builders.



This center was built in 1939 at the corner of Ponce de Leon and Highland Avenue in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood of Atlanta. It was Atlanta’s first shopping center with off-street parking and is home to Atlanta’s Oldest Cinema, The Plaza Theatre.

1939: “Gone With The Wind” opens in theaters

1930’s: Bulldozers become widely accepted


World War II: 1939 – 1945



After Returning home From WWII. Theodore ‘Pops’ Benning formally founded Benning Construction Company Inc. in 1953 and continued a life-long career of building hundreds of grocery stores and movie theatres throughout the Southeast.




Toco Hills 1961: “Top of the Country” Shopping center has continuously sprawled for over 40 years since the first stores were constructed by Benning on this North Druid Hills Road iconic center.

For almost 60 years now, Benning Construction Company has been successfully building retail pharmacies for local communities throughout the Southeast. We are proud to have worked with some of the biggest names in the retail pharmacy business, and have worked very hard to make our customers happy.

1969: Man lands on the moon, Apollo 11.



Big Box Retail Stores 1970: Benning excelled at building big-box format stores throughout the 70’s and 80’s for multiple clients including, K-Mart, Winn-Dixie, Big Star & W.T. Grant Stores.


1981: The IBM PC was introduced.



Publix Grocery Stores 1992: Benning constructed one of the first Publix Grocery Stores outside of Florida at Medlock Corners shopping center in Duluth and has completed hundreds of jobs for Publix ever since over the past two decades.

Cherokee Cinema 1997: Sticking to core competencies…Benning Construction has completed hundreds theatre screens throughout the southeast for multiple clients such as Carmike Cinemas, Regency Theaters, Georgia Theatre Company, Regal Cinemas & Eastern Federal Cinemas to name a few.



Retail Power Centers 2006: Undertaking large, complex projects has always been a trademark for Benning Construction. The $50,000,000.00 District at Howell Mill & I 75 proved to be as challenging as it was successful for the client, Selig Enterprises.