I think it may have to do with their contract with HD.
I bet the small retailors are being let go in favor of the giant.
I think Renewal by Andersen is directed to bid replacement market where they do not want uncontrolled installations and no one else has the backing ($'s and manufacturing) to do it. From what I understand they do not want to sell the Renewal windows to the big boxes because of the possibility of the very common installation problems by others.
Good windows, especially because of the window quality and control over the installation that they cannot get from the big box market.
I am going to have 4 large (3'-6" x 4'-6" sliding windows replaced in a few weeks. After the doors that have been in for 2 years (-30F to +95F range) that make you feel like you are in sealed room summer or winter. It is strange since I usually thought a window was just a glorified hole in a wall, but could make few bucks off of amateurish mistakes by so-called contractors.
They are required to have a showroom, featuring the entire product line which takes up a lot of space. This started several years ago, but has become a bigger problem since then.
That's what I was told . For now a showroom with the entire product line keeps you in the club . So Windowrama is one such retailer here in N.Y. that will continue to sell Andersen windows BUT..... they also carry other window and door lines . Also was told Andersen may start to buy up these retailers and run them under the Andersen name . We shall see .