Merry Maids Celebrates Thirty Years of Industry Leadership

World's Largest Residential Home Cleaning Network Continues To Grow

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) - Merry Maids the world's largest home cleaning franchise network, turns 30 years old. The company's Canadian operations will mark the occasion by making donations to Toronto's Hospital for Sick Kids and to the Canadian Women's Foundation.

Established in 1979 in Omaha, Nebraska, the company joined the ServiceMaster Family of brands in 1988 and is the world's largest home cleaning franchise network employing more than 8,000 home cleaning professionals, cleaning some 300,000 homes, apartments and condos in North America every month.

"Merry Maids is an important member of the ServiceMaster family of brands" said Bob Brennan, President of ServiceMaster of Canada. "Our coast to coast network of franchisees has made a significant contribution to the quality image that is so critical to the success of all service businesses."

From its humble beginnings in Omaha, Nebraska in 1979 the company has grown in a very old fashioned way - by cleaning houses, apartments and condos better than anyone else. Today, the company is the largest home cleaning company in the world with over 600 locations in the United States and Canada. Its business is growing globally with operations in Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

"It has been a true privilege to work with our owners in Canada and grow together," said Bob Goodwin, Business Leader of Merry Maids of Canada. "By choosing Merry Maids, our customers can relax knowing our team of professionals is dedicated to the needs of their home. Our owners understand customer service and the promise of our customers' trust is something we will never fail to appreciate."

In growing, the company also offers numerous benefits to its franchisees including:

  • Financing for new franchisees to own a Merry Maids and for existing franchisees to expand their business
  • The industry's best management and operating software
  • A full benefits program for franchisees and their employees providing life insurance, long term disability, medical, vision care and dental coverage
  • Centralized purchasing/supply of branded leading edge products and equipment
  • A commitment to the promotion of green products and services for employees and customers
  • National marketing partners including: Shoppers Drug Mart; The Bay; Zellers; Home Outfitters; HBC Rewards; the Royal Bank of Canada; AmeriSpec; Wal-Mart. Merry Maids also offers AIR MILES® reward miles

About Merry Maids

Merry Maids is the world leader in the maid service industry. Our professional home cleaning system has been imitated, but never duplicated. We combine efficient two-person cleaning teams with effective management to provide home owners with high quality, reliable results. ® TM Trademarks of AIR MILES International Trading B.V. Used under license by LoyaltyOne, Inc. and Merry Maids of Canada


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