Everton Football Club has been granted planning permission for redevelopment work at Goodison Park.
The scheme will see a £9million, four storey, state-of-the-art retail and administration development built at the Park End of the stadium. Facilities will include a retail store, museum and café and will free up space needed to expand the current corporate hospitality suites.
Commenting on the project, due to be completed by Autumn 2011, Everton Chief Executive Robert Elstone said: “The new building is an exciting phase in the development of Goodison Park.
“It will help us grow our business by giving fans a new, purpose-built Club shop more than twice the size of Everton One, a new hospitality lounge targeted towards Evertonians wanting to socialise before and after games at Goodison and, at last, a proper home for the Everton Collection and other exciting attractions for our fans.
“It will also get the entire Everton team under one roof, something that is long overdue and an opportunity to further improve how we work as a team for the benefit of the fans.”
Mr Elstone added: "This new scheme is totally self-funded by partners so there is no net cost to the Club. In fact, it is cash-positive from the start.”
Last week Football Trade Directory reported how Everton had also received planning permission for a luxury housing estate to be built on the old Bellefield training ground.