Merry Maids owners open Calif. store

Bob and Melina Cunningham, owners of a local Marry Maids franchise, have acquired another franchise in Gilroy, Calif., according to a company news release.

The Cunninghams now manage a staff of more than 50 and serve more than 800 homes in their three locations, the release said.

Bob Cunningham started their first Merry Maids franchise 27 years ago in Mountain View, Calif. In 2007, he and his wife moved to Beaufort, where he purchased his second franchise license.

Bob Cunningham was honored two years ago with the Dallen Peterson Founder's Award at the company's conference in St. Louis, the highest distinction a Merry Maids franchisee can earn, according to the release.