About Us

From the vision to implementation; Gillis Gilkerson is your turn-key real estate solution provider.

In 1983, discouraged by the void of full-service real estate development services, our Co-Founder’s Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson created processes to guide clients through the entire development and construction processes, stretching beyond the traditional builder.  With millions of square feet of real estate and construction transactions experience, our encyclopedic knowledge gives our clients exceptional value.

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From Left: Joey Gilkerson, Chris Gilkerson, Palmer Gillis, Bradley Gillis, and Meredith Mears

Your time is valuable and most profitable when working in your business not on your business.

With established time tested approaches to navigating through the complicated and constantly changing regulatory processes we are able to deliver ideal real estate solutions within budget and on schedule.

Our team is constantly assessing how to streamline processes of delivering custom real estate solutions for our clients. With the ever changing industry landscape we continue to locate new and proactive methods to fast-track the designing, financing and building.

With ultimate flexibility we offer the ability to lease, lease-purchase or outright purchase of buildings. Our goal is to offer a simple and quick solution with no hassle.  Successful professionals save time and money by allowing us to guide thru the development and construction processes; they have forgone wandering through the unique regulatory processes and not missed opportunities within their own businesses.

We implement your vision and fulfill your space needs in the most efficient and cost effective way.

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A word from our clients...

"Gillis Gilkerson saved us, that’s for sure!  We have a great working relationship and consider Gillis Gilkerson business partners because they listen to our needs, provide solutions and have helped us grow over the years.  We are looking at expanding again soon and won’t hesitate to turn to Gillis Gilkerson for help."

"The thing we respect the most is how Gillis Gilkerson creates an atmosphere in which everyone feels a part of the “team.” It is refreshing to do a project in which pricing is competitive, the schedule is aggressive and yet the atmosphere on the job remains professional and cordial. Such a situation is few and far between in the construction industry."

"I am writing to express our thanks and appreciation regarding Headquarters Live. The building looks fantastic and Bayside Fire Protection was proud to be associated with the project. The project was as well run as any we did last year. Chris Gilkerson’s involvement with fire sprinkler issues began prior to design to the end of the project with the accelerated occupancy permit issue. It is rare that an owner/developer/general contractor immediately addresses problems and makes decisions."

"During all phases of the Headquarters Live project, from meeting with Chris for the initial design to completion, it was evident that his enthusiasm for a successful revitalization of Downtown Salisbury was at the forefront of his plan. Chris’s desire to make a Landmark for the Old Firehouse as Headquarters Live has come to life and will only add to the many amenities we have in Downtown Salisbury."

"In the banking business I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Gillis Gilkerson as a financial client. Both Brad and Joey are very professional, motivated and easy to work with. They are detail oriented and make sure they have every “I” dotted and “T” crossed."