Through 1989, Bentley focused its efforts more on retail clients and public sector projects. Kmart provided a steady work flow with projects in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. In all, Bentley completed more than 30 Kmart-anchored centers.
With such a successful track record for Kmart stores, other retailers took notice and hired Bentley for the design of new stores and strip malls. Bentley’s designs continued to include the civil engineering services associated with these type of projects. Designs were completed for Bealls, A&P Sav-a-Center, Goodyear, Eckerds, and Walgreens.