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Founder R.H. Reny
Fair play. Good Value. Service. Affordability. Quality. You will find all of this and
more at Renys! We are a chain of small discount stores throughout Maine that have been a part of our
state's culture since 1949. Renys started in 1949 when Robert H. Reny (better known to all as "R.H.")
opened his first store in Damariscotta, Maine. The first winter was so slow that in order to keep the
store open, Robert had to go door to door around the area selling merchandise out of his old Hudson.
That winter he made so many friends that in the spring his new friends came in to shop at the store
and the business has been growing ever since! His philosophy was simple - offer great value, make great buys of better merchandise and sell at
the lowest possible price to his customers! That philosophy continues today.
Today Renys employs between 375 and 475 employees and has 14 store locations in Maine; namely, in
the order they came into existence: Damariscotta (2), Bridgton, Gardiner, Farmington, Dexter, Madison,
Pittsfield, Bath, Camden, Saco, Belfast, Ellsworth, Wells, Portland and Topsham, plus the Office/Warehouse complex in
Newcastle. Renys is one of the very few family owned businesses that still exist in the State of Maine.
Our stores are all small to medium sized, each with its own unique
character. You'll find everything including, Carhartt jeans, Woolrich
sweaters, Chippewa boots, all kinds of clothing, outerwear by famous makers, electronics, housewares,
lawn and garden supplies, sheets and towels, and an awesome 99¢ department. If you need it, you can
probably find it at Renys. As a matter of fact, it has been said, "If Renys doesn't have it, I don't
R.H's oldest son, John, joined the company in 1957 at the age of 5 and his middle son, Robert D.
(better known as "Bob") Reny joined the company in 1959 at the age of 7. Today John and Bob are the
chief buyers for the chain.
Our buyers travel to Boston, New York, Atlantic City, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Chicago or wherever else the pursuit
of getting great buys takes us in our quest to have the best possible merchandise at the lowest
possible prices. It is our goal to buy better merchandise to sell at low prices, rather than to
get inexpensive merchandise to sell at inexpensive prices. We want our customers to like it when
they buy it and we want them to love it 6 months later!
It's worth the trip to check out what we have on any given day because you never know what you'll
find at our stores!!! We always have something going on - come late July, early August we have our Belfast Tent
Sale and come early November check out our original Early Bird Sale to find incredible savings store
R.H. Reny, Inc.|
731 Route 1
Newcastle, Maine 04553