Local Merry Maids owners acquire franchise in Charleston

Merry Maids owners Bob and Melina Cunningham announced today that they have recently acquired the Merry Maids franchise in Charleston, SC. Combined with their three other Merry Maids franchise locations in Beaufort, SC, Gilroy, CA and Mountain View, CA, they now manage a staff of more than 100 people, serving more than 2000 homes in their four locations.
Bob Cunningham started his first Merry Maids franchise 28 years ago in Mountain View, CA in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Bob had left a career in the electronics field during the dotcom boom to pursue his dream of owning a business.  In 2007, after establishing a partnership with his manager to run the California operations, he and his wife moved to Beaufort, where they purchased a second Merry Maids franchise license serving Northern Beaufort County.   A third franchise was purchased last year in Gilroy, CA.  With more than 1,400 franchises worldwide, the Beaufort residents are now the fifth largest owners in the Merry Maids franchise organization.
Bob was honored with the Dallen Peterson Founder’s Award in 2009 — the highest distinction a Merry Maids franchisee can earn. It recognizes the franchise owner who proves to best exemplify the highest quality in business operations, including customer and employee satisfaction.  Cunningham added that he first came across the opportunity while paging through a Nation’s Business Magazine back in 1983 during the initial technology boom in Silicon Valley.
“It was an exciting time back then, and a friend and I were looking for the right business opportunity to invest in,” said Cunningham. “As computer manufacturers and software developers kept husbands and wives busy at work day and night, we asked the obvious question, ‘who’s cleaning their homes?’”
Bob and Melina want to ensure the residents of Beaufort and Charleston to know that when you book a cleaning with Merry Maids, you can expect three key things: consistency, quality, and total professionalism. At Merry Maids, our team members take the time to listen and understand your needs. We are committed to excellent service and value the trust that our customers place in us.
“Merry Maids offers the best of both worlds — local presence with a national backing,” added Cunningham. With more than 30 years in business, the Merry Maids brand signifies excellence in housecleaning, and we definitely plan to continue that tradition as we expand our business to serve clients in Charleston.”
Now more than ever, busy families are choosing to leave their cleaning to the professionals, and are enjoying more family time together as a result. If cleaning your home is a task you’d just as soon leave to someone else, a home cleaning service like Merry Maids is the answer. We make it easy to maintain your beautiful Beaufort or Charleston home without the dread and hassle of cleaning it yourself.
“I’ve got team members who will go to any lengths to make sure our clients’ needs are met,” Bob explained. “Their hard work has allowed me to grow our operations base. I owe my good fortune to them and the wonderful clients we serve. When you have the type of people I have working for me, success is sure to follow.”

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