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Jim Kovacs | Colliers | Tampa

Jim Kovacs

Executive Vice President

License # SL522546

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Professional Summary

Jim is a 35-year industry veteran and an expert in all facets of Retail Commercial Leasing and Tenant Representation, heavily specialized in strategic planning, brand roll-outs, legacy landlord relationships and deal negotiations. As senior broker and team lead for The Kovacs Retail Team, Jim has built a high-performing, world-class team that is highly sought after to work with. Jim is a trusted advisor to his clients with a proven track record of success that reflects his dedication to locating the right deals to fit the needs of each client. Jim understands that success is not just about getting a deal completed, but true success is keeping a client happy long term. He truly puts the clients first and his personal approach creates lasting business relationships. Jim is highly regarded within the brokerage community for his extensive experience, in-depth market knowledge and his insights on all things retail.

Some of the clients Jim has represented (many with multiple assignments) include: IKEA,  Academy Sports (multiple), TJX Companies (TJMaxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, HomeSense – almost 100 units) Office Depot (over 40 units), Panera Bread (over 40 units), Ashley Furniture Industries (multiple units), and multiples of the all of following: Lowes, Home Improvement Store for both store acquisition and site disposition,  Floor & Decor, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Pollo Tropical, Mission BBQ, Crunch Fitness, Bloomin' Brands, Cooper's Hawk, Banfield Pet Hospital, and more.


By thoroughly studying demographics, tracking real estate inventory and retail absorption, Jim has become one of the most knowledgeable and successful retail specialists on the West Coast of Florida. Jim’s experience with tenant mix analysis has been beneficial in creating long term occupancy within the centers in his portfolio. Shopping Center redevelopment/leasing assignments include: Cypress Creek Town Center-Wesley Chapel, Drew 19-Clearwater (redevelopment including four new anchor leases), Northwood Plaza-Countryside (renovation, repositioning, and new Anchor lease), Palms of Carrollwood-Tampa (renovation, repositioning, including three new anchor leases), Cypress Point-Countryside (repositioning and re-Tenanting) and Woodlands Square-Oldsmar (anchor Tenant leasing). In the past five years he has completed approximately 191 transactions totaling approximately 4,000,000 square feet. The value of these transactions total in excess of $305 million.


Jim joined Colliers International-Tampa Bay immediately upon graduating from the University of South Florida, Tampa College of Business. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. A native of Stamford, Connecticut, Jim’s relocation to Tampa in 1984 followed a two year internship at Union Carbide’s World Headquarters and study at University of Connecticut.

Jim’s professional affiliations include memberships in the International Council of Shopping Centers, Colliers Retail Specialty Council, Colliers Retail Steering Committee, Chairman of Tenant Rep Council-East Coast Colliers Retail Services Group, USF Alumni Association, and the USF College of Business Leadership Program.

Memberships & Involvements

International Council of Shopping Centers

USF Alumni Association - Member

Member of USF College of Business Leadership Program


TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, HomeSense, Floor & Decor, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Panera Bread, Pollo Tropical, Rack Room Shoes, Office Depot, Cooper's Hawk, Piccolo Buco, Banfield Pet Hospital, Sephora, Crunch Fitness, Mission BBQ, Parry's Pizza, Uncle Julio's, Paul Martin's American Grill, Landry's, Saltgrass Steak House 


Service Lines

Landlord Representation, Tenant Representation

Property Type


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