Carson's - Raised in Illinois
Carson's is a department store chain located in Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois. Stores offer a variety of products including apparel, accessories, and home products. Locations carry mid to upscale merchandise, which include company owned merchandise, as well as brand name products such as Guess, Nautica, and Lacoste. Apparel for men and women include casual clothing, sportswear, suits and outerwear consisting of the latest seasonal fashions and trends. Children and teens can also find a wide variety of apparel. In the accessories department customers can browse through watches, jewelry, fragrances, and beauty products. Women can also shop for purses and handbags in the handbag department where they can find generic to brand name bags. The shoe section provides both men and women with a wide variety of shoes, from business to casual, to look good on the go. In some select locations, Carson's offers salon services to its customers.
Carson's - Over 150 years of business
Carson's, otherwise known as Carson Pirie Scott & Co., was founded in 1854 in Amboy, Illinois by Samuel Carson and John T. Pirie. The store sold dry foods, and within four years the two partners had four branch stores, making it one of the first store chains in the United States. In 1890, the company hired a third partner, Robert Scott, and the three of them became very successful. Over the years, the company diversified and expanded through revenues and acquisitions. In 1953 the company entered the department store era and was the first department store to sell insurance policies to customers. The company continued to grow, by branching out into neighboring states and by buying into other companies. Eventually in 1989, the company was acquired by Bergner's, which was then acquired by Bon Ton in 2006.