Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Merry Maids Grows Answering Needs of Modern Workforce

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Merry Maids Grows Answering Needs of Modern Workforce

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As the workforce grows and more women leave the home for professional jobs, maid service is becoming one of the fastest growing businesses in the country.

One result of that growth is Merry Maids, a professional home cleaning service franchise which has opened its first Oklahoma City office at 10804 Quail Plaza Dr., suite 500.

Delores and Dick Dolph own and operate the franchise, serving homes, condominiums and apartments in northwest Oklahoma City. The office, open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m Monday through Friday, specializes in cleaning its customers' homes weekly, biweekly or for special occasions.

"This looked like a viable field to get into," said Dick Dolph. "Maid service is one of the fastest growing fields in the country."

In just seven years, Merry Maids has grown from eight to over 450 franchises, and projects it will have over 500 by the end of 1987. More than 3,000 employees clean more than 40,000 houses, apartments and condominiums in 42 states each month.

Merry Maids was founded in Omaha by Dallen Peterson. About 42 percent of the franchises are owned by women.

"The franchise is set in regional offices," said Dolph, "with a regional manager which is usually a franchisee, and handled like a corporation."

The company receives 7 percent royalty. Total investment from the franchisee is estimated at $30,000.

"The franchise fee includes a weeklong training program at the company's headquarters in Omaha," said Dolph, "as well as start-up equipment and supplies."

The maids service not only helps the professional, he noted, but it also appeals to women who need flexible schedules to work around children, college classes and other part-time jobs.

The maids work in teams of two and follow the company's procedures and checklists, from scrubbing the floors on their hands and knees to point-folding the toilet paper, leaving the home clean enough for a military white glove test. …

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