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Richmond Night Market eyes 2012 return
The founder of the original Richmond Night Market is hoping to bring it back to a new location next year.
Raymond Cheung, president of Target Event Production, last Friday submitted an application to the City of Richmond for permission to open a re-envisioned market next May west of River Rock Casino Resort.
If approved, Cheung said the 2012 Richmond Night Market will open on an expansive 18-acre site at the north end of No. 3 Road at River Road—a property known as Duck Island.
“With council’s blessing, this year’s market will be bigger and more spectacular than ever,” Raymond Cheung said, adding that the market will be Richmond’s biggest draw, bringing in hundreds of thousands of people from not just the Lower Mainland, but from all over the world.
Cheung founded the Richmond Night Market in 2000. The market had several homes over the years, including Lansdowne Centre and Bridgepoint, before he leased a site on Vulcan Way. When he was unable to renegotiate a lease on the Vulcan Way site in 2008, Paul Cheung (no relation) of Lions Communications, opened up the Summer Night Market on the same site that year.
Raymond Cheung said the new property is more than twice the size of the previous location and, since its right by the Bridgeport Station of the Canada Line, is the most accessible site in the market’s history.