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The promoter of the original Richmond Night Market says he is relaunching the event. ((Richmond Night Market))

The former operator of the Richmond Night Market says he's going to re-establish the summer event next to a New Westminster casino.

Raymond Cheung said he plans to relaunch the event as a family friendly affair this May in a large vacant lot next to the Starlight Casino in Queensborough, east of Vancouver.

The attractions will include hundreds of food and merchandise stalls, live entertainment, rides, carnival games and free parking, Cheung said Thursday.

New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright said he was thrilled by the announcement but Cheung still needs to complete a traffic study and get his final permits approved before the event can receive the official go-ahead.

Cheung established the Richmond Night Market in 2000 and ran it every summer until 2007 when rising rent for the site led him to close down the event.

A second group launched a new event in Richmond in 2008 called the Summer Night Market, but Cheung sued them for copyright infringement in a dispute over the name. A decision on that case is expected in weeks, Cheung said.