Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga’s boutique Envy has been closed temporarily after she had a “difference of opinion” with her business partner, Jackie Beard Robinson.
Rumors started swirling that the store was closing after just one year of being open when customers saw the store was empty, but Melissa’s rep is telling US Weekly that the boutique will reopen in just a few weeks after spring inventory is complete.
“Melissa Gorga is and has always been an owner of the Envy by Melissa Gorga boutique,” Gorga’s rep said. “Melissa and Jackie have had a difference of opinion on how the store should be run and at this point, Jackie is no longer involved in managing the boutique, but Melissa intends to maintain the success of the boutique by managing it on her own, and she is excited to open with a new inventory of spring fashions.”
An insider tells the site that Gorga hasn’t seen eye to eye with Robinson for a while now, so Robinson decided to go into business with Kim DePaola, who owns Posche. The source says Robinson moved the inventory from Envy to Posche.
“Melissa was unhappy, and she was like, ‘You aren’t operating this store to make a profit. This isn’t working.’ She wanted to dissolve their agreement,” the insider continued. “But Jackie wanted Melissa to just give up her stake and be a paid spokesperson.”
However, Kim D has a different story. “Envy is closed. Jackie was the real owner all along,” she said. “I’m going to help her liquidate everything that was in the store. The store is empty. They stripped the chandeliers, the furniture, the computer, the cameras, all the clothes, it’s all gone. Jackie stripped it all because she owns it. … We’re going to have an Envy liquidation sale at Posche, the new Posche in Allendale.”
Kim claims Melissa was never the real owner of Envy. “Melissa made a deal with Jackie that she would promote, she would put pictures of herself on Instagram and she would get a percentage of what was sold,” she said.
While the storefront at Envy was at first completely empty, the windows are now covered with signs that read, “Temporarily closed for inventory. Will reopen very soon.”
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