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Charles Thrift Thrift Commercial Real Estate

Charles Thrift


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

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

Over the past twenty 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 project leasing and retail brokerage at Collett from 2011 through 2016, handling various projects in North Carolina in different stages of development,  including three ground up projects.

Prior to joining Collett, Charles was a Senior Leasing Associate at Crosland for eleven years, where he was responsible for leasing a multitude of projects for an  array of partners and third party owners,. On each project his scope of responsibility included anchor and junior anchor leasing assignments, along with shop leasing and  outparcel marketing.

Charles began his real estate career in Charlotte, with Aston Properties a regional retail developer where he did shop leasing.

Charles is from Charlotte, where he lives with his wife, Lauren, and two teenage boys Payne and Wilson, his two best friends.

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

Jay Mitchener Thrift Commercial Real Estate

Jay Mitchener


B.A. in Finance
Wofford College, 2015

Business History
Jay has been a commercial real estate professional since February 2016 where he worked in research for Cushman & Wakefield in Charlotte. There he was responsible for putting together quarterly market reports and other various research deliverables for both office and industrial product. In the research role, he also ran and participated in several office leasing and tenant representation deals. As a Charlotte native, Jay has become a valuable resource for clients with his extensive knowledge and understanding of the area and local market. At Thrift Commercial, Jay is primarily focused on servicing both landlords and tenants in leasing and brokerage activities.

Licensed Real Estate Broker in NC

Lucy Gifford Thrift Commercial Real Estate

Lucy Gifford

Marketing Director

B.A. in History
University of NC, Chapel Hill, 2010

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.

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.

Licensed Real Estate Broker in NC

Lucy Butler Thrift CRES

Lucy Butler


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. 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 property’s full potential.

Prior to joining Thrift Commercial, Lucy spent over four years at JLL in Charlotte where she served as a retail brokerage coordinator then retail Associate. Previous experience includes marketing for the Charlotte based multifamily architecture firm, Axiom Architecture.

Lucy is a native of Montgomery, Alabama and resides in Charlotte with her husband, Alex.

Licensed Real Estate Broker in NC and SC