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Beloved Richmond food court spot to close down next month

Aberdeen Centre's Cafe D'Lite Express is closing down after 14 years.
Cafe D'Lite Express is closing down after 14 years.

A popular Hainan chicken rice and laksa spot in the Aberdeen Centre food court is closing down after 14 years.

Cafe D'Lite Express announced its imminent closure in a statement on Friday, citing it as an outcome beyond its control as it was unable to reach a mutual agreement with the landlord.

"This news is extremely disheartening for us," reads the statement.

"We would like to express our deepest gratitude for your patronage and loyalty over the past 14 years."

Two of Cafe D'Lite Express' sister locations, Mamalee Malaysian Delight in Kitsilano and Downtown Vancouver, will continue to run after its closure.

"We are actively exploring new opportunities and looking for a new location, so please stay tuned for updates on Mamalee's Facebook," the statement added.

The popular eatery is set to bid Richmond farewell on March 8, 2023.