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Aikens Group History

Based in Winchester, VA, the Aikens Group is a premier development firm in the Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley. The Aikens Group serves the Interstate 81 and Interstate 66 corridors from Martinsburg, WV to Woodstock, VA. The company is centrally located to allow the business to grow and expand with the needs of the region. Committed to providing a standard of excellence resulting in an unsurpassed level of service the Aikens Group has a tradition to live up to.

Major Company Milestones

1931

In 1931 near the end of the depression, Harry W. Aikens started Aikens Construction working in the woolen mills during the day and building houses at night. His passion was development and entrepreneurship.

1955

In 1955 Harry Aikens built his first commercial property on Valley Avenue in Winchester, VA and the Aikens Group was established. Throughout the years he continued to develop properties he would own and manage while continuing to operate Aikens Construction.

1973

In 1973 his son, Walter Aikens, joined the family business and the construction company became H & W Construction. Named after Harry and Walter Aikens. Over the years Harry and Walter expanded the services Aikens Group provides to include commercial construction, land excavation, commercial real estate leasing, land development, crane rental services, hotel development, and residential rental properties.

1994

In 1994 Steve Parrish began his career with the Aikens Group as the head of the Hotel Division and as with many family businesses, Walters’s two sons began working with the company at an early age and followed in their father’s footsteps after college.

2000

In 2000 William Aikens began working for H&W Construction as a project superintendent.

2002

In 2002 Jason Aikens joined the team as an operations manager for the hotel properties.

Complete Aikens Group History

Over the years the Aikens Group has become a premier development firm in the Shenandoah Valley because of the relationships it has established over the years. With over 250 employees and operating in various industries the Aikens Group is grateful for the relationships that have been fostered since 1931. It’s reputable track record of success has been achieved through a collaborative effort from its employees, community support, and slow and consistent development growth.

As today’s marketplace grows and revolutionizes, the Aikens Group plans to continue to serve and support the area and enhance customers’ lives by “building strong relationships.”

Complete Company History

1931 - Aikens Construction Founded

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1949 - Built First Drive-In Theater

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1950 - First Tastee-Freez in VA

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1955 - Current Roma on the Go Building Built

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1957 - Built Super 29 Drive-In

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1972 - Walter Aikens Graduates from University of Richmond

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1973 - Aikens Construction Renamed to H&W Construction

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1975 - First Aikens Sizzling Steaks Opens

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1980 - First Apartment Building Built

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1984 - Walter Aikens Elected as President of H&W Construction

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1985 - First Multi Building Apartment Complex Built

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1985 - Super 29 Drive-In Sold

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1986 - H&W Crane Division Started

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1987 - Dominion Square Built

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1990 - Built First Hotel

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1992 - Aikens Sizzling Steaks Closes Doors

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1994 - Steve Parrish Hired - Becomes Partner

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1999 - Pemberton Village Built

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1999 - First Hilton Product Built

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2000 - William Aikens Graduates from JMU

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2000 - First Townhouse Development Built

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2002 - Jason Aikens Graduates from JMU

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2004 - Lutz Drive Phased Project Complete

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2004 - First AikensGroup.com Website Launched

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2004 - 5th Hotel Added to Portfolio

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2005 - Aikens Group Headquarters Built

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2007 - William Aikens Promoted to Vice President of H&W

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2007 - Steve Parrish Promoted to Sr. Vice President

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2007 - Jason Aikens Promoted to Vice President

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2010 - Building Strong Relationships - Tagline Developed

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2011 - Cedar Hill Built

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2012 - H&W Adds 5th Crane to Fleet

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2012 - Land Tract in Martinsburg Purchased

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2013 - Land Tract in Front Royal Purchased

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2016 - AikensGroup.com Redesigned

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2016 - 8th Hotel Opened

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