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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.


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, CEO & Founder


Charles Thrift Thrift Commercial Real Estate

Charles Thrift

CEO & Founder

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.

Email Charles:

Call Charles: (704) 307-2724

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

Email Jay:

Call Jay: (704) 307-4329

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

Email Lucy B:

Call Lucy B: (704) 626-1776

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

Email Lucy G:

Call Lucy G: (704) 626-2657