Maria Royer

Retail Trends

Principal, Real Retail

Maria has over 20 years of diverse commercial real estate experience in disciplines ranging from development, sales and leasing to asset management and finance. Maria and the Real Retail team exclusively represent over three-quarters of a million square feet of urban mixed-use centers and new community and lifestyle centers in the greater Seattle area, including notable projects such as The Meridian, 7th & Pine, Second + Pine, the Old Yukon Building, The Coliseum and the new Amazon World Headquarters in downtown Seattle and Queen Anne Towne, Green Lake Village and Ballard Blocks in Seattle. Maria’s past experience also includes the successful lease-up of ground-up developments, including Grand Ridge Plaza in Issaquah, Kent Station in Kent and Bella Bottega in Redmond, where she played a leadership role in predevelopment, premarketing and the transaction phase of the development cycle. Maria’s present and past experience also includes facilitating several specialty retailers and restaurants in their expansion strategies in the Pacific Northwest, including Orchard Supply Hardware, Paper Source, The Container Store, Mitchell Gold, Equinox Health Clubs, AMC Theatres and Sephora. 

Using the knowledge and expertise she’s acquired while working on a wide range of retail and mixed-use projects of all sizes throughout the region, Maria provides her clients with valuable information and insights about the unique retail environment here. She approaches each assignment as a partnership to ensure long-term project and tenant success. While working at Wright Runstad & Company, one of downtown Seattle’s largest property owners and one of the region’s premiere institutional development companies, Maria’s various positions included property management and operations as well as the retail leasing of Wright Runstad’s downtown retail properties. Prior to joining Wright Runstad & Company in 1993, Maria was a Sales and Marketing Associate with Colliers – The Seeley Company in Los Angeles for eight years, specializing in commercial property leasing and sales. As a consistent producer for Colliers’ South Bay office, Maria’s clients included The Koll Company, John Hancock Realty and Copley Realty Advisors. 

While earning a degree in business administration with a dual emphasis in finance and marketing at the University of Southern California, Maria held a variety of internship positions, including an advertising and marketing internship at New World Pictures in Los Angeles and an industrial brokerage internship at Grubb & Ellis Brokerage firm in Torrance, and she also worked as a Retail Sales Associate at Ann Taylor in Century City, where she was a top producer selling to entertainment industry wardrobers. 

Maria is on the Board of Directors for Plymouth Housing Group, where she served as Co-Chair for three years for Seattle Dances, a high-profile event where local celebrities and professional dancers perform in support of Plymouth Housing Group. She is on the President’s Round Table of the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Maria grew up in Seattle where she attended Forest Ridge Girls School and Seattle Preparatory School.

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