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Melissa Riccardi | Colliers | Tampa

Melissa Riccardi


Director, 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 Director, 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, Jollibee, Pearle Vision, Madison Reed Color Bar, Barrio Tacos, Medium Rare, Action Gator, Kid Strong, Barcelona Wine Bar 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 13 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

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Featured Research

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Q2 2022 | Tampa Bay Retail Market Report

The Tampa Bay Retail Sector vacancy rate dropped to a fifteen-year low of 5.4% as competition for space in core submarkets remained high, driven by the overall positive outlook by retailers due to the area’s centralized location, continued job growth and positive net migration.
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Q1 2022 | Tampa Bay Retail Market Report

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