The Runnings story begins on December 5th, 1947, when founder Norman “Red” Running opened the first store in downtown Marshall, Minnesota. Runnings started as an automotive supply store and was deeply rooted in selling farm and fleet supplies until the late 80’s when additional product lines were added. And, as they say, the rest is history. In 1988, a group involving Dennis and Adele Reed purchased the company. Under the Reed’s leadership, Runnings has evolved to become a retail destination for high quality merchandise including clothing, footwear, automotive, sporting goods, farm supplies, lawn and garden, toys, housewares, tools, pet and animal supplies and more. In addition, 27 stores sell firearms.
The number of stores serving the needs of our customers has changed as well. Runnings has grown from 8 stores in 2 states to 43 stores in 7 states including Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, New York, New Hampshire and Connecticut . In 2014, the company began an expansion into the northeastern region of the U.S by opening stores in Canandaigua, Rome and Gloversville, New York. Additional stores have since been added in Clay and Brockport, NY, Claremont and Hinsdale, New Hampshire and Putnam, Connecticut.