Question: What happened to the Parisian Department Stores in Detroit?
Answer: You might have a problem finding the Parisian Department Stores that used to sprinkle the Metro-Detroit area. Even a Google search can be confusing. That's because the Parisian chain has a long and twisty history. The original chain that originated in Alabama was bought out several years ago by Belk, Inc. As is often the case in an acquisition, Belk changed the name and brand of most of the Parisian stores it acquired to the Belk brand.
A few of the Parisian stores, however, were sold by Belk to Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Unlike Belk, Bon-Ton chose to keep the Parisian name/brand on its three Michigan stores. When the licensing rights to the "Parisian" name expired in 2013, Bon-Ton was obliged to change the name of the stores in Livonia, Rochester Hills and Clinton Township to something else: Carson's Department Stores.
What does this all mean?
It actually means very little. Aside from the name, the stores remain very much the the same. One of the biggest differences, however, is that the Michigan Parisian stores didn't have a "Parisian" website. The stores just shared in that of the Bon-Ton mega chain. The website for Carson's, however, can be found at Carsons.com.
There are 19 Department stores owned by Bon-Ton in Michigan. In addition to those stores operating under the Younkers and Elder-Beerman nameplate, Carson's Department Stores include the three stores recently renamed in the Detroit area, as well as stores in Benton Harbor, Howell, Monroe and Port Huron.
More Information:History and Profile of Parisian Department Stores