Council chiefs have signed off on a sale of a town centre office building to a national pub chain.
Wetherspoons made a bid in 2019 to take over the higher floors of Pavilion buildings on Lord Street to expand their presence, having already run the Sir Henry Seagrave on the ground floor for a number of years.
At a council cabinet meeting last week the sale was agreed for an undisclosed sum.
Wetherspoons Ltd bosses, who also own the Willow tree, want to expand its business in Southport by opening a hotel featuring 28 ensuite bedrooms.
They say it will also create around 40 new jobs.
The hotel would operate with the bar on the ground floor remaining how it is.
The sale is understood to have been very attractive to the council, who said the currently empty upper floors of the building are in disrepair, with the estimated cost of repairs being £480,000.
Repairs needed include a leaking roof that has effected the Wetherspoons pub on the ground floor and the need for a rewire.