For Immediate Release
May 15, 2007
RICHMOND – City Council must take immediate action to prevent the loss of the Richmond Night Market, a major destination attraction that provides countless spin off benefits for businesses and residents, Richmond City Councillors Bill McNulty and Derek Dang said today.
“The Richmond Night Market is a multicultural institution in our city and we have to stand up to ensure it remains in Richmond,” said Councillor Dang. “It’s time the city stepped up to the plate and ensured that the Night Market has a long-term permanent home.”
For eight years running the Richmond Night Market has offered a unique shopping experience, a diversity of foods and a variety of entertainers from Asian and Western traditions. In 2000, the Richmond based enterprise started off with 70 booths – a number that has ballooned to almost 400 today. As the event has faced growing pains, it has been forced to move to a number of different locations around the city.
Today, the Night Market is located on a 400,000 square foot site in central Richmond at the foot of the Fraser River and the Knight Street Bridge. The event draws an estimated two million people per year. Market organizer, Raymond Cheung, recently confirmed property owners do not wish to renew the lease at their current location.
“The Richmond Night Market has provided safe, fun, family entertainment to residents of our city and beyond,” said Councillor McNulty. “This is a local success story that we cannot afford to lose and we must step up with a permanent location solution.”
The event’s draw and site dilemma is drawing external attention. Cheung has confirmed that both the City of Burnaby and the Pacific National Exhibition have been in touch regarding the possible relocation of the Night Market.
“After initial parking and traffic issues, the Night Market has settled in very well into the Richmond community,” said Dang. “The Market’s been a good corporate citizen providing spin-off benefits throughout our city and it would be more than a shame if we were to lose it now – action must be taken.”
“We need to find creative ways to ensure this event remains in Richmond,” said McNulty. “The loss of tourism benefits, economic development, employment, cultural understanding and entertainment would be an enormous blow for all of us.”
The 2007 incarnation of the Richmond Night Market runs from May 18th to October 8th, 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 7 to 11 p.m. on Sundays and holiday Mondays.