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Chamber patron and McDonald’s franchisee Douglas Wright has relaunched his Solihull restaurant in the latest stage of a £10m refurbishment programme.

The McDonald’s outlet in Solihull High Street has undergone significant refurbishment with a complete refit and refresh.

This comes on the back of a period of significant growth for Wright Restaurants who have also acquired two McDonald’s restaurants in Walsall, located in Rushall and Reedswood.

The Solihull refurbishment and the two new restaurant acquisitions were backed by fellow Chamber patron Royal Bank of Scotland.

The newly-refurbished 250-seat Solihull restaurant has been updated as part of McDonald’s ‘Experience of the Future’ project and benefits from innovative self-order kiosks as well as traditional table service.

There is also access to free WiFi, while some tables have interactive tablet computers for customers to enjoy while they dine.

Douglas Wright is a long-standing McDonald’s franchisee, setting up his first outlet in Lichfield in May 2003 and now operates 17 sites across the Midlands.

He enjoyed a double success at the Sutton Coldfield and Lichfield & Tamworth Chambers of Commerce dinner awards.

Wright Restaurants claimed the Sutton Coldfield Business of the Year award, while Douglas received the Sutton Coldfield President’s award in recognition of his work in the community.

He is the chairman of the board of directors for Birmingham’s Ronald McDonald House Charity, which provides accommodation for families of children under the care of the nearby Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Douglas Wright said: “The new restaurant is outstanding and I am very excited about its opening and the continued growth of the business.

“I have expanded over the last year and today have 17 McDonald’s outlets across the Midlands. 

“I am delighted be able to continue my investment across the region and to be able to create modern restaurants which embrace technology.

“The new look restaurant ensures that we continue to improve the customer experience and address the trend of customisation and personalisation that customers expect when ordering.

“The recent acquisitions in Walsall are part of my ongoing growth strategy to expand the number of outlets we operate.

“Royal Bank of Scotland has been incredibly supportive, and I would like to thank relationship director Jas Sandhu for his continued confidence in my business.”

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive Paul Faulkner attended the reopening, along with Solihull Borough Council leader Bob Sleigh.

Mr Faulkner said: “Wright Restaurants have been huge supporters over the Chamber over the past year and we are delighted to see Doug continuing his investment across the region.

“It was great to find out more about the new technology that underpins the restaurant redevelopment, which will in turn improve the experience for McDonald’s customers.”

Pictured: Douglas Wright and Paul Faulkner