Bentalls is a department store chain with branches in Kingston, Greater London, and Bracknell, Berkshire. The well regarded ‘county’ department store began as a drapery shop, founded by Frank Bentall in 1867. Since 2001 it has been owned by the private Fenwick group.
In addition to the Kingston and Bracknell stores, Bentalls once operated stores in Worthing, Ealing, Tunbridge Wells, Chatham, Tonbridge, Lakeside and Bristol. The Bournemouth based Beales group acquired the lease to three of these sites and the Worthing and Tonbridge stores continue to trade under the Beales name.
In 1987, construction began on creating a new Bentalls department store and shopping centre. This new development was to include a five level department store and a four level adjoining shopping centre including over 100 retail units. The development took five years to complete and was built in two phases, allowing the existing department store to trade throughout the development period. The first phase, the ‘new’ department store opened in July 1990. The new shopping centre was opened in November 1992 by Edward Bentall (descendant of Frank Bentall).