Carson's department store sells a variety of merchandise including apparel, fashion accessories, jewelry, watches, beauty and grooming aids, fragrances and items for the home. Its home goods include furniture, bed and bath accessories, electronics, gourmet gifts, kitchen products, pet accessories, rugs, luggage, floor care appliances, window treatments and outdoor goods.
As an upscale department store, Carson's carries many popular brands. Apparel brands include Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Eddie Bauer, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss. Its home goods collection includes items from Isaac Mizrahi, Mission Gallery, Yankee Candle and Oak Hill, and its kitchen products includes items from Paula Deen, JA Henckels, OXO, KitchenAid and Pfaltzgraff. Carson's also carries many seasonal items for outdoor living and holiday home decorating.
Carson's, also known as Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company, launched in 1984 in Illinois. After a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and a series of acquisitions, it was purchased by Bon-Ton in 2006. It is still owned by Bon-Ton as of 2015, along with Bergner's, Elder-Beerman, Boston Stores, Younker's and Herberger's. According to the 2013 Bon-Ton annual report, there were 54 stores operating under the Carson's nameplate spread across Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Bon-Ton closed the chain's anchor store in downtown Chicago, Illinois, in early 2007.