Rue 21 was originally known as Pennsylvania Fashions Inc. Pennsylvania Fashions Inc filed for bankruptcy in 2002. The 250 store chain was purchased by Saunders Karp & Megrue and renamed to Rue 21.
In 2009, the company opened its 500th location and went public.
In 2011, the company announced it would double the size of its distribution center in Weirton, West Virginia.
By 2012, there were 800 stores.
In 2013, the 900th store was opened.
Today, there are 1,213 Rue 21 stores in 48 US states. The company is a discount retailer of young adult clothing and accessories.