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Melissa Riccardi | Colliers | Tampa

Melissa Riccardi


Senior Associate, Retail Services

License # SL3346875

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Professional Summary

Melissa joined Colliers International in 2012 as a Marketing Coordinator for the Retail Tenant Representation Team in Tampa Bay to develop and implement comprehensive marketing campaigns based on each project’s unique set of requirements. Melissa was the Marketing Coordinator Team Lead for the Tampa Bay office from 2012 through 2015. In 2016 she began to transition into a brokerage role and now holds the position of Senior Associate, Retail Services. 

Melissa specializes in Retail Tenant Representation, as well as Retail Leasing. She is an expert in site selection, market analysis, tenant prospecting, market roll-out strategy, lease negotiations, preparing Real Estate Committee packages and conducting High Quality Trade Area studies for national retailers. Melissa currently works with clients such as: The TJX Companies, Second and Charles, Jollibee, Pearle Vision, Madison Reed Color Bar, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Action Gator, Just Salad, Teriyaki Madness, and more. 

On the Retail Leasing side, Melissa works on the Water Street Tampa and Sparkman Wharf project, which is a 50 acre, $3B project in Downtown Tampa.  Upon completion of Phase I and II,  Water Street Tampa will add 9M SF to Tampa's downtown, and 1M SF of retail/entertainment and will change the current landscape of downtown Tampa into a live, work, play environment. She has also recently began working on a high profile restaurant lisitng in St. Pete's  Westside district, 6001 Central Avenue. 


Melissa has over 12 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. She discovered her passion for Real Estate while working for Grubb and Ellis in NYC in the Office Services division. Melissa has quickly learned that while she enjoyed office brokerage, retail is her true calling. 

In 2018 Melissa was asked to be the head of the Retail Next Generation Committee for Colliers International nationwide. In 2017 she was awarded a Women's Diversity Scholarship. Melissa  is a member of The Kovacs Retail Team which includes her business partners Jim Kovacs, Tyler Peterson and Kyle Mahoney. The Team has earned Colliers Florida Top Producing Team in 2017, 2018 & 2019. She has also been the recipient of the Colliers International Above and Beyond Award for excellence in 2012 and 2013, as well as the Community Service Award for 2014 and 2015.  Melissa was ranked as a Costar Power broker for Q12020 and was named a 2020 Leading Influencer in Retail by Melissa was chosen by Connect Media CRE as a 2020 Women in Real Estate  Honoree. 


Melissa is a licensed Florida State Sales Associate.

Melissa studied financial economics at Binghamton University and has earned her CPMC and CPRC designations from Colliers University and the Hubspot Inbound Marketing Certification from Hubspot Academy.

Memberships & Involvements

ICSC FL Committee Member



High Street Retail, Restaurants, Transactions Services

Service Lines

Tenant Representation, Landlord Representation

Property Type


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Featured Research

Nov 10, 2020

Activity & Optimism Returns

After months of little to no activity, the Tampa Bay retail market has begun its rebound. The global pandemic has impacted nearly every retail market across the country and the Tampa Bay retail market was not shielded from those effects either. However, the true impacts of the pandemic have yet to be seen locally, as overall market stats continue to remain nearly unchanged. Vacancy remains relatively healthy at 6.4 %, unchanged from the previous quarter and only marginally up from a low of 6.1 % that was experienced this time one year ago. As the market moves forward, it’s expected that vacancy will remain relatively flat as a mix of tenants that unfortunately will exit the market will be backfilled with those taking the current environment as an opportunity to expand and gain market share. During the quarter over 160 transaction occurred, up from 109 in the previous quarter, but still below the average of 180 that occurs each quarter.
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Apr 29, 2020

Challenges Ahead, Opportunities Will Arise

The first quarter of 2020 will forever be marked as one of the most dynamic quarters in history for the retail market in greater Tampa Bay. As the 2020 year began, activity throughout (sales, leasing, construction) remained brisk, with submarkets like South Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Wesley Chapel having experienced increased demand and activity. The food and beverage segment of retail was the driving force behind much of the activity. Interest rates were at near all-time lows, providing cost-effective financing that helped to bolster and carry on the 10-year record growth experienced throughout Tampa. Unemployment in the region, the lowest in recent history and well below the national average, was championed by many in the local market.
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