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We are dedicated to retail and mixed-use design excellence by means of thoughtful master planning, finding the right tenants and superior customer service. I am truly passionate about bringing value to our clients through constantly improving and adapting how our developments are conceived, designed, and constructed.

Chris Thomas

Partner - Retail
Charlotte, NC

With over four decades of retail experience, Chris heads our retail development, marketing, and leasing practice, delivering unmatched expertise to our clients.

With extensive expertise in market analysis, property disposition, and marketing plan implementation, Chris leads our retail development, marketing, and leasing practice. His sharp focus on shopping center development, site selection, tenant representation, and transaction handling has carved his exceptional industry record.

Chris's ability to manage intricate negotiations, coupled with his knack for fostering robust relationships with third-party owners, bolsters his position as a trusted industry authority. Beyond professional accomplishments, Chris ardently seeks to enhance people's well-being, health, and environment interaction. His leadership inspires clients and team members alike to foster positive change.

Chris' rich experience, visionary approach, and dedication to well-being make him a formidable leader in retail development. Guided by him, we continually reshape the retail landscape, creating spaces that positively impact those who engage with them.

B.S. Business Administration | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Young Executives Institute, Kenan Flagler School of Business

Childress Klein
Partner, Retail, 2004 - Present
Sr. Marketing Principal, 1998 – 2004

Belk, Inc.
Manager - Real Estate, 1984 - 1993
Vice President - Real Estate, 1993 - 1998

Licensed Real Estate Broker (North Carolina & South Carolina)

TreesCharlotte, Board of Directors

The Sharon (Presbyterian Home of Charlotte), Board of Advisors

YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Trustee and Past Director, Past Board Chair Harris YMCA

International Council of Shopping Centers - Past Carolinas Retail Chairman

UNC Kenan Flagler Business School Alumni Council

SouthPark Community Partners, Co-Founder and Board Chair

NAIOP Charlotte, Board of Directors, Past President, Legislative Committee Chair

Catawba Lands Conservancy, Board of Directors

REBIC (Real Estate and Business Industry Coalition), Board of Directors - Executive Committee

Did you know?

I worked in a restaurant for the father of the owners of our new lead restaurant at Apex SouthPark when I was 15 years old here in Charlotte!