Charles Thrift

Partner | Retail Broker
(704) 622-1795

Charles started Thrift CRES in 2016 to provide owners a premium experience in evaluating their real estate needs, whether it be a new development, a redevelopment or a difficult land acquisition.

Over the past 25 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. Understanding how to make a deal that works for both parties.

Charles worked in retail leasing and brokerage with Collett, Crosland and Aston Properties where he was responsible for leasing a multitude of projects for an array of partners and third party owners. The projects were across the southeast and enabled him to create a significant broker network that he uses today.

Charles is a Charlotte native and continues to live in the city he loves with wife, Lauren. Their two boys are now in college, and they spend as much time as they can trying to hang out with them!

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


Jay Mitchener

Partner | Office + Retail Broker
(704) 576-2772

Business History

Jay joined Thrift CRES in 2017 to focus on project leasing and purchase and sale brokerage activities for several local owners and developers. Previously he worked at Cushman & Wakefield.

Since entering the industry Jay has served in many roles. He has handled adaptive reuse leasing, activated the ground floor of mixed use developments, handled portfolio leasing for family offices, sold unique infill assets, and helped his clients acquire new opportunities for development.

As a Charlotte native, Jay has become a valuable resource for clients with his extensive knowledge and understanding of the area and local market. He is passionate about improving the areas he grew up visiting and playing a small part of the many evolving submarkets in our city.

Jay currently lives in the Elizabeth neighborhood with his wife, Lacey.

Lucy Butler

Partner | Retail Broker
(704) 420-3858

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, and children, Knox and Annie.

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

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