Carson's gets store facelift, new product lines

2013-11-12T01:00:00Z 2013-11-12T10:19:08Z Carson's gets store facelift, new product linesDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Timing completion of its store remodeling with the holidays, Carson Pirie Scott officials have unveiled a sparkling newly renovated store.

Store manager Shelly Jones took media and Hobart city officials on an early morning tour Friday of the two-level department store located in Westfield Southlake Mall since 1975.

The remodeling work, which began in April, entailed painting the store, new lighting, updated fitting rooms and visual enhancements such as artwork, chandeliers and mannequins.

"We're thrilled about it," Jones said.

In addition to remodeling the store, Carson officials have added a number of new upscale product lines including Tommy Bahama and Calvin Klein for men and Michael Kors and Nautica for women.

"Our jewel is our shoe department," Jones said.

The shoe department has been expanded to 1,200 square feet and now features a number of new designer brands for both men and women, including Dolce Vita, Lucky, Polo and Sperry.

Other departments that underwent expansions or improvements include cosmetics and lingerie.

Jones said the last time the store was remodeled to such a major degree was in 1993.

She said store policy wouldn't allow her to say how much money was spent in the remodeling and improvements.

"I just know it was a significant investment," Jones said.

Mayor Brian Snedecor, who toured the store, commended Carson's for making major improvements.

Snedecor said the investment is a good sign for retail in general and reflects the healthy local economy.

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