As of 2015, the Parisian department store chain is no longer in existence. The Parisian department store was founded in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 19th century as the Parisian Dry Goods and Millinery Company. The company sold consumer goods such as textiles, ready-to-wear clothing and sundries. As the brand grew, its merchandise grew to include traditional department store items such as women's and men's clothing, shoes and jewelry.
The Parisian department store reached its peak in 1996 when it owned and operated 38 stores in the Southeast, as well as in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. That same year, the retail chain Proffitt's Incorporated purchased the Parisian department store chain. In 1998, Proffitt's purchased another chain, Saks Fifth Avenue, and combined it with Parisian brand to form Saks Incorporated. Under this ownership, the Parisian brand gained popularity as well as prestige from its inclusion of high-end fashion lines and designer labels.
In 2006, the company changed ownership again with a purchase by Belk, Inc. Under the ownership of Belk, the Parisian brand has all but disappeared, as Belk has phased out the Parisian stores and renamed them. The Belk-owned stores sell upscale products including women's, men's and children's clothing; shoes; accessories; and home goods.