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#1 DonLever

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 11:09 PM

Richmond City Council has approved a new Night Market on Duck island near the River Rock Casino.

http://www.vancouver...3285/story.html

Interesting news. Can Richmond support two Night Markets?  Will this kill the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market?

It is complicated but the guy who ran the one on Vulcan Way lost his lease a few years ago, sued, and retained the rights to the Richmond Night Market name.  He is now the operator of the new night market.

Edited by DonLever, 20 March 2012 - 11:30 PM.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 11:12 PM

Can Richmond support 2? Yes.

given that the new one is right next to a major transit line, I don't see how not. Plus, the old one will still attract people because of its popularity and size.



What does this mean for Chinatown? it means a slow fade-away into obscurity as Richmond becomes the new Chinatown...but we already knew that.

Edited by Common sense, 20 March 2012 - 11:13 PM.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 11:19 PM

Can Richmond support 2? Yes. It would be GREATLY welcomed, if anything. That old one is getting predictable (could practically predict which stall is where, and I only go about twice per summer--> imagine those who go every other weekend!)

What does this mean for Chinatown? it means a slow fade-away into obscurity as Richmond becomes the new Chinatown...but we already knew that. Is that even news to anyone still? :P


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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:04 AM

I only go there for the food with my Caucasian friends who for some reason find it to be interesting. Everything else for sale is either of low quality, ends up collecting dust in the closet or makes for some tacky decor.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:26 AM

I only go there for the food with my Caucasian friends who for some reason find it to be interesting. Everything else for sale is either of low quality, ends up collecting dust in the closet or makes for some tacky decor.


You are right as the stuff they sell there is mainly junk. And there seems to be so many dealers who sell cell phone/ipod cases that you can find cheaper on ebay.I rarely buy stuff there. I just go to walk around and absorp the atmosphere.Maybe there will be free parking at the Vulcan location now since the new location will be offering free parking. I hate paying the $5 they charge.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 01:10 AM

I remember when the Chinatown one encompassed a few blocks, now it's barely fits 1.

As for 2 in Richmond? Assuming both are big, it'll be fine, but I get the feeling things will just end up with 2 smaller markets.
If there's ample (free) parking, I'm all for it.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 03:38 AM

You are right as the stuff they sell there is mainly junk. And there seems to be so many dealers who sell cell phone/ipod cases that you can find cheaper on ebay.I rarely buy stuff there. I just go to walk around and absorp the atmosphere.Maybe there will be free parking at the Vulcan location now since the new location will be offering free parking. I hate paying the $5 they charge.


You forgot stolen goods.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 03:41 AM

I only go for the food, as everything else is more or less junk.

Will be nice that it will be near a skytrain station. I live downtown, and the Chinatown night market is dying a not-so-quick death.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 04:11 AM

Can Richmond support 2? Yes.

given that the new one is right next to a major transit line, I don't see how not.


And having a casino right next to it ought to attract Asians like a magnet.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 07:21 AM

And having a casino right next to it ought to attract Asians like a magnet.

ya the Chinatown one will be done for.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 07:26 AM

I don't get how the city/law enforcement allows these markets to continue selling counterfeit goods?
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:55 AM

I don't get how the city/law enforcement allows these markets to continue selling counterfeit goods?


Believe it or not, in the last several years I've been to the Vulcan Way market, I haven't seen any counterfeits. However, I have seen decent police presence there.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:03 AM

Any watches at these markets? I haven't been there before.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:18 PM

The Chinatown one has been declining for years anyways.. I don't even know of anybody who goes there..

I'm guessing the new night market will attract more of the kiddies who can't drive yet because it's close to the Canada line... the other one is pretty bad if you don't have a car, which is why they charge so much for parking there
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:51 PM

I don't get how the city/law enforcement allows these markets to continue selling counterfeit goods?


Have you ever been to one or are you just stereotyping?
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:28 PM

Have you ever been to one or are you just stereotyping?


I've seen what looked identical to iPod nanos selling for $15 years ago.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:38 PM

I've seen what looked identical to iPod nanos selling for $15 years ago.


That's not a counterfeit. it would be if the clerk was passing it off as an Apple product or as an iPod.

Otherwise, it's just two products that look the same.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:47 PM

Believe it or not, in the last several years I've been to the Vulcan Way market, I haven't seen any counterfeits. However, I have seen decent police presence there.


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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:57 PM

I remember when the Chinatown one encompassed a few blocks, now it's barely fits 1.

At its peak, it was on both Keefer Street and Pender Street.

As for the two Richmond Night Market, if you are a vendor or a visitor. You'd obviously go to the waterfront location that is near Bridgeport Station.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:04 AM

So any verdict yet as to which is the better night market?
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:39 PM

CTV news had a short clip on the new Richmond Night Market last night. It looks very busy.

I checked out the Chinatown Night tonight since I only lived a few blocks away. Not much to see as it seem to continue shrink in size every year. I estimate there were only about 2 dozen vendors if you did not count the food vendors. Some of the vendors had more than one tent, which made the night market larger than it really was. The area around Columbia Street was very sparse, with maybe 2 or 3 sellers down there.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:55 PM

Went to both nightmarkets and the new nightmarket seems to attract more people mainly because of location and the whole 'new' concept. Admission was $1 just to get in (possibly just milking the most out of the new nightmarket).

From what I can tell, food is relatively the same and shops are too. Some old vendors such as the mini donuts and fried chocolate bars also moved to the new location. There may be some new vendors because the food is relatively the same.New flavours for the potato hurricane chip thingies and some slight variation of different stores. A lot of the shops had just minimum customers (just seems a lot crowder because of the masses of people walking around).

But yeah, I can see the new nightmarket settling down after this year. A great way to attract tourist though.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 12:41 AM

I went to the old one yesterday and it was great as usual. Awesome food.

I also heard from two other people that the lineups to get in for the new one is way to long and not worth it, since its a lot smaller than the old one.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 12:52 AM

New one sucked.

Friends spent an hour waiting for Rotato (Yeah, we laughed pretty hard at that one. It's the stupid potato chip tornado thing on a stick)... I went to the old one last week, got one in like 5 minutes. The line-ups were stupidly long, especially for the good food. Ended up going to McDonalds after because nobody felt like waiting hours for like some food that's not even filling.

As for the products, they sucked too. The only good thing about the Nightmarket is you can get some decent phone cases and accessories for pretty cheap. It'd be cooler if they sold counterfeit stuff, but that won't happen in Vancouver, let alone Canada.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 12:52 AM

I went to the old one yesterday and it was great as usual. Awesome food.

I also heard from two other people that the lineups to get in for the new one is way to long and not worth it, since its a lot smaller than the old one.


I heard the new one is much bigger? I tried to go to it tonight, but was stuck in traffic for roughly 20 minutes, without really moving, just waiting to get in to park. So I skipped out and went to the old one. Lots of the food vendors are gone, and by the looks of it there wasn't as many shop vendors as well.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:05 AM

I heard the new one is much bigger? I tried to go to it tonight, but was stuck in traffic for roughly 20 minutes, without really moving, just waiting to get in to park. So I skipped out and went to the old one. Lots of the food vendors are gone, and by the looks of it there wasn't as many shop vendors as well.


Its early, they opened just last week.

You'll have to wait a few weeks until everyone settles in.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:09 AM

If you go at around 8, shouldn't be that packed.. It gets really packed later on in the night though.
(Or maybe it's vice versa? I don't really know, that's how it was when i went last night)

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 02:17 AM

Went to the new old one tonight, it was pretty packed. Granted, everyone must be excited to go since it opened just yesterday, so I'm sure the crowds will eventually thin out when people are more used to it being there. Anyways, we got there around 7:45 or so, and people were already starting to pile in. I guess that the location was encouraging for people to visit, due to it's proximity to the Bridgeport Station of the Canada Line.

As expected, the main gimmick for me was probably all the different foods. There were lots of different types of food and they were all pretty good, if you can endure past the queue lines and the prices. Lining up got worse as the night progressed, a friend had to line up for at least 45 minutes just to get some takoyaki. It was good, but not sure if it was worth that agonizing wait. In terms of other products, my friends and I didn't really pay much attention to those stalls/booths. A lot of them were for jewelry, (most likely) pirated Asian media, toys, and miscellaneous like cases for your phones and other devices.

Other notes: There's a $1 admission and I personally wouldn't suggest parking unless you really have to. One, it's nice to take public transit sometimes and two, the floods of people walking in and out and all through the area of the River Rock Casino and general Bridgeport area seemed like it was very difficult for drivers to get in and out. Much easier to just go by foot after getting off at the Bridgeport Station.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 07:50 PM

All those yellow and blue tents make it look like it was sponsored by IKEA or something.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 08:52 PM

I wish Chinatown was more relevant. Would be the best spot for a night market!
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