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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, Partner


Charles Thrift Thrift Commercial Real Estate

Charles Thrift, Partner

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Call Charles: (704) 622-1795

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, Head of Research/Broker

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B.A. in Communication
Wake Forest University, 2019

Business History:
Cliff joined Thrift Commercial in 2019 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, Cliff studied at Wake Forest University where he graduated with a degree in Communication and Entrepreneurship. He looks forward to using his entrepreneurial sales experience and local market knowledge to meet the needs of the brokerage team and their clients. Cliff is originally from Raleigh, but currently lives in Northeast Charlotte.

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

Lucy Butler Thrift CRES

Lucy Butler, Broker

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Call Lucy B: (334) 546-3477

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

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Call Peyton: (704) 650-0605

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

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Call Lucy G: (704) 307-4470

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

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Call Jay: (704) 576-2772

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. Jay is a licensed Real Estate Broker in North Carolina.