Just hours after Carson Pirie Scott stores in North Riverside and elsewhere closed their doors for the last time in late August, the firm that had purchased its parent company’s name, store nameplates, websites and other assets in a bankruptcy auction announced a surprise comeback.
The newly formed Bon Ton Stores Inc., owned by Merrillville, Indiana-based CSC Generation Holdings, quickly activated retail websites for Bon Ton Stores, Carson Pirie Scott, The Boston Store and other of its newly acquired brands.
And, on Oct. 30, the company announced that Carson Pirie Scott would be back as a brick-and-mortar retailer — in Carson’s old location at the Evergreen Park Plaza Shopping Center, starting on Black Friday, Nov. 23.
“It’s been a race to prepare to open our first store, and we’re looking forward to growing our brick-and-mortar footprint over the coming months,” CSC Generation CEO Justin Yoshimura said in a press release.
Exactly how many more stores the company plans to open in new or former spaces isn’t clear, and so far there’s no indication that the company plans to reopen Carson Pirie Scott’s former location in the North Riverside Park Mall.
Harvey Ahitow, general manager of North Riverside Park Mall, said in response to an email inquiry by the Landmark that “we have not heard anything from Carson’s.”
The Landmark did not get a response to an email inquiry to CSC Generation Holdings regarding any possible interest in reopening the North Riverside store.
In addition to the Evergreen Park store, the Carson Pirie Scott website indicates that the company “is in the process of opening” stores in Lombard and Orland Park as well as stores in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and Grand Junction, Colorado.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the company also plans on opening a Carson’s store inside a former J.C. Penney space at the Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale early next year.
The Evergreen Park location will be what the company is calling a “new concept store,” open Thursdays to Mondays and, in addition to merchandise, offering personal services such as interior design and personal styling.
The new president of Bon Ton Stores Inc., Jordan Voloshin, said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in September that the new stores “plan on testing everything from art to liquor” and would sell “more items for your home, from furnishings to appliances to window treatments.”
The company is planning to create new credit card and rewards programs in the coming months, according to an FAQ page on the Carson’s website.