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'Devastating year' for Richmond Night Market, cancellation of entire 2020 season possible

Last Updated May 8, 2020 at 5:10 pm PDT

Richmond Night Market (Courtesy Richmond Night Market/Facebook)

Friday would have been the opening night for the Richmond Night Market

The founder says about $1.5-million has already been invested into this year's market

Closing until 2021 remains a possibility

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) — A 20-year tradition in Richmond is on hold for now because of the pandemic, but there’s no guarantee it will happen at all this summer.

Friday would have been the opening night for the Richmond Night Market, and the founder isn’t sure what the future will look like.

Raymond Cheung says about $1.5-million has already been invested this year, which includes the price for renting the land for the whole season.

“Everything is already done and already purchased since March. The amount of money we’re talking about, it’s scary, actually,” he says.

With no revenue coming in, a final decision for the market will come next month, and cancelling it altogether is a possibility.

“We’re seasonal. Once we close down or cancel a season, we’re done for the whole year,” he say.

Cheung says the market wouldn’t be able to recover any of the costs.

“This year is devastating for us,” he says. “This is actually our 20-year anniversary. Since last year we’ve been doing lots of preparation for this big year for us.”

He says about 300 vendors have already been signed up, and they will also feel the impact of closing until next year.

“We’ve been thinking very creatively trying to see if there’s any way. It’s difficult,” he says, suggesting maybe doing something online or letting small groups go in at a time.

“At this time we don’t have a firm idea or a way that we can make it efficient to suit our purpose.”