A hotel in honour of Everton footballer Dixie Dean is to open in Liverpool city centre next year.
The 100-bedroom, 65,000 sq ft Dixie Dean hotel will be located in the Jerome Building, formerly site of the magistrates court on Victoria Street, opposite the Shankly hotel – a hotel celebrating Scottish footballer Bill Shankly.
Hotel operator Signature Living, which also owns the Shankly hotel, will start refurbing the site in September. It will include restaurants, bars and an events space.
Dean holds the record for most goals scored in a single season. During his career, he scored 383 goals in 433 appearances for Everton, won two league titles, and an FA Cup.
The Dixie Dean hHotel, which will showcase memorabilia from the footballer’s career, has the full support of Dean’s family.
Granddaughter Melanie Prentice, said: “The Dixie Dean hotel cements my grandfather’s status as a footballing icon, and I couldn’t be prouder of the amazing plans for this hotel.
“Dixie was great friends with Bill Shankly. They had an enduring friendship despite representing rival teams, so it’s good to see them commemorated side by side. It means their legends will live on.”
Signature Living founder Lawrence Kenwright said: “This project will help further regenerate what was, until recently, a forgotten corner of the city centre. It’s now thriving, with top hotels, restaurants and bars.
“We expect our planned ‘Football Quarter’ to create hundreds of jobs, attract further investment into Liverpool and boost this brilliant city’s tourism offer.”
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