Local Merry Maids owners Melina and Bob Cunningham are expanding their operations with the purchase of another Merry Maids office in the San Jose area of Northern California. The Cunninghams opened their first franchise in 1985 in Mountain View, Ca. With their move to Beaufort in 2007, they opened the Beaufort office in 2008 and then went on to add offices in Charleston, SC and Gilroy, Ca. Along with their business partner in California, they now have five offices and are the third largest owners in the Merry Maids international franchise organization. Merry Maids is the largest housecleaning company in the U.S. and Canada with over 800 offices.