Everton Football Club has been granted planning permission to build a £9million retail and administration development at their stadium.

The four-floor development at the Park End of Goodison Park will include a museum, cafe, shop, hospitality lounge and offices.

It will also free up space for corporate hospitality inside the stadium itself.

Robert Elstone, Everton chief executive, told "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.

"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."

Work will start before the end of the year and is expected to be completed in autumn 2011.

The project is funded by club retail partner Kitbag and stadium catering partner Sodexo.

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."

Posted on 16/11/2010