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Charlotte Commercial Landlord and Tenant Representation

Thrift Commercial Real Estate is a Charlotte, NC, based boutique firm specializing in retail leasing. Our key services include tenant representation, landlord representation/tenant-mix consulting, project development, property sales and acquisitions.

We’ve developed a reputation for working with the most sought-after food and beverage concepts and lifestyle retail brands. Experience has taught us that each project will have its own unique challenges. Our Thrift Commercial Real Estate Charlotte team embraces obstacles to find the real estate solution for you.

OUR MISSION

Thrift Commercial Real Estate Charlotte was created with the desire to provide exceptional, personalized service to established and new Charlotte businesses. We set out to become the region’s leading broker by using our intimate knowledge of the market and emphasis on customer service to pair our clients with the ideal tenant or property. Today, we continue on this mission to lead the industry and build a better Charlotte.

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I see Thrift CRES as a partner to each of our clients. We believe we do our best when forging deep connections with our community and our local businesses.

– Charles Thrift, Partner

MEET OUR TEAM

Charles Thrift Thrift Commercial Real Estate

Charles Thrift, Partner

Email Charles: charles@thriftcres.com

Call Charles: (704) 622-1795

Education:
B.S. in Management
North Carolina State University, 1994

Business History:
Charles started Thrift CRES in 2016 to provide local commercial landlord’s a boutique firm primarily focused on the Charlotte MSA.

Over the past 20 years, Charles has worked in a number of roles in Charlotte firms, all of which included some form of leasing. Charles takes great pride in providing landlord’s and developers superior service, deep market knowledge, all with an owner’s mentality.

Charles worked in retail leasing and brokerage with Collett and also with Crosland where he was responsible for leasing a multitude of projects for an array of partners and third party owners.

Charles is a Charlotte native and continues to live in the city he loves with wife, Lauren, and two teenage boys Payne and Wilson.

Charles is a licensed broker in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Cliff Benson

Cliff Benson, Broker

Email Cliff: cliff@thriftcres.com 

Call Cliff: (704) 989-5476

Education:
B.A. in Communication
Wake Forest University, 2019

Business History:

Cliff joined Thrift Commercial Real Estate Services in 2019 with a focus on providing quality service for both Landlords and Tenants. Prior to brokerage, Cliff built a market wide database of re-zonings and transactions within the last 10 years. He has a vast understanding of urban market data, zoning regulations, and property values; which greatly assists his clients as they navigate the best real estate solutions.

Cliff spent most of his life in Raleigh, North Carolina but now lives in Charlotte with his wife, Mary.

Cliff is a licensed Real Estate Broker in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Thompson Brock Thrift CRES

Thompson Brock, Head of Research/Broker

Email Thompson: thompson@thriftcres.com

Call Thompson: (704) 661-8576

Education:
B.S. in Sociology
Clemson University, 2020

Business History:

Thompson joined Thrift Commercial in 2020 as Head of Research. His focus involves providing market data to assist the brokerage team in finding the best real estate solutions. His responsibilities include tracking tenant activity, building market reports, and providing various other deliverables for future clients.

Prior to joining Thrift, Thompson graduated from Clemson University where he majored in Sociology. He also interned with Trinity Partners in Columbia during the Summer of 2019. Being a native of Charlotte, Thompson becomes a valuable asset to the brokerage team and their clients by using the research skills he learned through his Sociology coursework along with his local market knowledge.

Thompson is a licensed Real Estate Broker in North Carolina.

Lucy Butler Thrift CRES

Lucy Butler, Broker

Email Lucy B: lbutler@thriftcres.com

Call Lucy B: (334) 546-3477

Education:
B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration
University of Alabama, 2012

Business History:
Lucy joined Thrift Commercial in 2019, specializing in retail agency leasing and tenant representation for the Carolinas market. Her focus includes specialty retail and lifestyle concepts, high-end food and beverage, and luxury service operators. She has a passion for identifying emerging brands and thoughtfully merchandising her properties.

She serves as an advocate for her clients in the identifying, negotiating, and completion of new stores, relocations, renewals, and expansions. She is responsible for the overall development and execution of leasing strategies to maximize each client and property’s full potential.

Prior to joining Thrift Commercial, Lucy spent over four years on the retail brokerage team at JLL in Charlotte. Previous experience includes marketing for the Charlotte based multifamily architecture firm, Axiom Architecture.

Lucy is a native of Montgomery, Alabama but now calls Charlotte home where she resides with her husband, Alex.

Lucy is a licensed Real Estate Broker in NC and SC.

Peyton Gehron, Broker/Leasing Consultant

Email Peyton: peyton@thriftcres.com 

Call Peyton: (704) 650-0605

Education:
B.A. in Communication
Appalachian State University, 2003

Business History:

Peyton joined Thrift Commercial in 2020 as a Leasing Consultant.  Her focus is on Landlord relationships, providing expertise in developing tenant mix and deal negotiations.

Peyton started her career 16 years ago with New South Properties where she specialized in third party Landlord representation and Tenant representation.  Most recently she was the Senior Leasing Broker for Lat Purser and Associates where her focus was the company’s retail portfolio as well as third party leasing.

Peyton is a Charlotte native and continues to live in the city with her husband, Jake, sons Trey and Sam and daughter, Welles.

Peyton is a licensed broker in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Lucy Gifford Thrift Commercial Real Estate

Lucy Gifford, Marketing

Email Lucy G: lucy@thriftcres.com

Call Lucy G: (704) 307-4470

Education:
B.A. in History
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Business History:

Lucy joined Thrift Commercial Real Estate Services in 2017 as Marketing Director and is responsible for preparing and distributing marketing materials/packages including property flyers, maps, tour books, and other related materials, and assisting brokers with Lease Amendments, Letters of Intent, Proposals for Services, Leasing Property Reports and Closing Documents. In addition to handling the marketing for Thrift, Lucy is also a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina.

Prior to joining Thrift, Lucy spent over five years in the customer service and retail industry.  She is a native to Winston-Salem, but currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

Jay Mitchener Thrift Commercial Real Estate

Jay Mitchener, Broker

Email Jay: jay@thriftcres.com

Call Jay: (704) 576-2772

Education
B.A. in Finance
Wofford College, 2015

Business History

Jay has been a commercial real estate professional since February 2016 where he started his career in research for Cushman & Wakefield in Charlotte.  There he primarily focused on office and Industrial assets.  In August of 2017 Jay joined Thrift CRES to focus primarily on retail project leasing, Tenant site selection, and purchase and sale brokerage activities.  Since then, Jay has led or participated in over 100 lease and purchase transactions.  As a Charlotte native, Jay has become a valuable resource for clients with his extensive knowledge and understanding of the area and local market.