Robert Reny opened his first store in his hometown of Damariscotta, Maine, in 1949. Business was so slow that winter that Robert took some merchandise and began selling door to door. Although this was difficult in a cold Maine winter, Reny made a great many friends, who began patronizing the store the following spring.
The company offers a bit of everything; from shoes to cleaning products, coffee cups to food.
Today, Renys has more than 500 employees and 17 locations, most of them in Maine. The company is still family owned and operated, with the third generation of Renys trying to find ways to compete with Walmart.
Headquarters are located in Newcastle, Maine.