There’s likely not a person in Maine who doesn’t know the tune to “Reny’s, a Maine Adventure.”

For nearly 70 years, the company has been bringing that adventure to customers across the state. Started in 1949 by Robert H. Reny (known by most at R.H.), the first store opened in Damariscotta. Those early years weren’t exactly easy. Winter months were slow enough that R.H. had to go door to door selling merchandise out of his car, an old Hudson.

That hard work paid off, however, as he developed a customer base that came to appreciate the quality of the merchandise he was selling and the low prices that went along with it.

From selling out of a car, Renys has grown to over 500 employees and 17 locations throughout Maine. Here in the Midcoast, there’s a store in Topsham, Bath, and the original location in Damariscotta. Every store carries a huge range of products, from high-quality clothing and footwear, to cleaning products, and food.

While many businesses with wide success can compromise the original mission of the store, Renys is still family owned and strives to maintain their customer service standards and stay true to R.H’s original vision.

R.H.’s oldest son John joined the company in 1957 (at the ripe old age of 5), and his middle son Robert joined in 1959 at 7. John’s oldest daughter, Faustine, joined in 2009, and Bob’s middle son Adam joined most recently in 2013.

Three generations of the family have all dedicated themselves to making sure every customer has an adventure.

Mary Kate Reny, wife of Robert, is also a part of operation and said that Renys is special thanks to the great relationships customers and employees form.

“The trust in us, as business owners and community members, is what makes Renys special,” she said. “Our staff really understands what they’re doing, and why they’re doing it.”

There’s an almost undefinable aspect of Renys that simply can’t be duplicated; the stores may be laid out differently, the locations are all different shapes and sizes, but as soon as you walk in the door, you know you’re in a Renys and you know you’re going to enjoy being there.

“The real-ness of it, the authenticity,” said Mary Kate. “You can’t fake that.”

A key aspect of the Renys philosophy is keeping prices low without compromising quality. While many national chains rely on coupons or sales or a number of events to draw people in, the price you see at Renys is the price you get.

“Once you gimmick it up with coupons and sales no one understands, you lose that,” said Mary Kate. “That trust in product and service is pretty reliable, and something we really don’t take for granted.”

Renys manages to convey some of the best things Maine has to offer in a store. The friendly people, atmosphere, thoughtfulness of the staff. Little things like putting the winter supplies to the front during a storm add to the charm.

In a world increasingly dominated by online sales impacting retail, Renys remains a concrete place anchored in the real world.

“The experience of shopping is what will carry us on for the next 70 years,” said Mary Kate. “You don’t hear people say, ‘oh I just LOVE Target.’ We hear the word love more than anything.”
Renys has multiple locations in the Midcoast. One is at 65 Topsham Fair Mall Road in Topsham. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Bath store is at 86 Front St., open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Damariscotta has two the main store at 116 Main St., and the underground store at 163 Main St. Hours at both stores are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For more information on any of the stores, visit or call 563-3177.