Courtesy Richmond Night Market
Long live the Richmond Night Market, and an advanced welcome to a new iteration planned for later this year.
The Richmond Night Market won unanimous Richmond council approval Tuesday night at a public hearing to operate for another three years at its current location at the north end of No. 3 Road, next to River Rock Casino Resort.
Located on an undeveloped section of Lulu Island known as Duck Island, founder Raymond Cheung’s night market has been more successful than ever since the move.
While council voted 9-0 to grant the market another three-year temporary commercial use permit, the good news didn’t end there for Cheung and his team at Firework Productions Ltd.
A second version of the night market, called the Winter Festival, is scheduled to launch this December, with current plans calling for 60 food vendors and up to 70 commercial/retail vendors.
The Winter Festival is scheduled to launch on Friday, Dec. 1 and run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays for the month of December. The market will be closed on Mondays, but will be open on select Tuesdays, and open every Wednesday and Thursday evening.
While council support was unanimous, not everybody was on board with the market’s bid for a new permit.
Simply Self Storage’s Erin Wan wrote to council about his company’s opposition to the market, which he claimed resulted in access to his business taking “over an hour.”
He wrote: “This has been a problem since the night market opened a few years back. Our customers can not get to our storage freely and caused (sic) us business.”
David Brind, a resident of Wall Centre on nearby Corvette Way, also wrote a letter of opposition in which he voiced concerns about the “loud music emanating from the market.”
Brind wrote in a letter addressed to mayor and council: “If this even was periodic, it would be tolerable, however, since it occurs every weekend for several months, it is intolerable.”
Council wasn’t alone in supporting the market, however.
Cory Parker, president of the Richmond Firefighters Society, said the market has “been a great benefit to our society…and I would ask you to consider this when you decide on Mr. Cheung’s application.”