Melissa Gorga’s Former Business Partner Jackie Beard Robinson Speaks Out

As we previously reported, RHONJ star Melissa Gorga’s former business partner Jackie Beard Robinson left Envy and is now working with Kim D to liquidate the rest of her merchandise. Now, Jackie is speaking out in a new interview to share her side of the story of what really happened with Melissa.

“Just to clarify a couple things, Melissa and I were partners. I decided that I wanted out,” Jackie told TooFab. “In the termination agreement we’ve been working on for months, we decided that I would take all of the inventory and I was going to liquidate the store… because I basically own everything.”

So what caused the wedge between Jackie and Melissa? “You have people that quite frankly don’t understand business… That’s what I think ended our business relationship,” Robinson said. “I think a lot of inexperience in business was her biggest issue. You can only lead a horse to water, you cannot make them drink.”

“She could not comprehend what I was trying to do. She couldn’t comprehend what the lawyers and the accountants were telling her,” Robinson added.

“The bottom line is: I did Melissa Gorga a favor. I cleaned out that store a month early so she could get her sh*t ready,” she revealed, “Now she has a month to get it ready to sell her spring clothes in February.”

When asked how she think Melissa will do getting the store opened on her own, Robinson said, “I don’t know. She certainly has the draw and the people there, the interested crowd. I believe inexperience will be her biggest problem.”

Jackie’s decision to sell her inventory at Kim D’s store POSCHE has certainly angered Melissa and she also spoke about that. “She’s angry and she’s pissed at me. She thinks that I did her wrong and I went behind her back and I went with Kim D.,” said Jackie.

“I did not go behind her back, I am not in business with Kim D.,” Robinson clarified. “I’m no way siding with Kim D. to pick on Melissa Gorga or shove it up her ass. She’s going to help me liquidate this merchandise because I didn’t want to do it in the store with Melissa standing over me.”

“I wanted [Kim’s] professional opinion on what she thought I should do,” Jackie added. “They’re both good people and their war is with each other.”

While Robinson said she “had a good run” working with Melissa over the last year, she claimed Gorga “did some pretty shady things too.”

“It was really very questionable the way she went about things,” she said. “She wasn’t going to be forthcoming with me. She wasn’t going to give me passwords to advertise the sale and that’s how we advertise — on Instagram.”

“What she didn’t do was do her job, properly, that’s what I’m upset about,” she said. “She didn’t post the proper things and listen to what I had to say. She thought she knew it all, so let’s let her see how she does. I wish her the best and maybe she’s a lot smarter than I give her credit for.”

Melissa Goga’s rep sent this statement to the site: “Melissa Gorga is and has always been an owner of the Envy by Melissa Gorga boutique. Melissa and her business partner Jackie Bearch Robinson 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 on it her own, and she is excited to open with a new inventory of Spring fashions.”

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One Reply to “Melissa Gorga’s Former Business Partner Jackie Beard Robinson Speaks Out”

  1. Bottom line, she has no formal merchandising education or extensive retail experience from a managerial standpoint. Like restaurants, stand alone clothing stores have a terrible failure rate if you don’t have an experienced person with solid track record at the helm, either that- or someone who has at least come out of school with the proper merchandising curriculum behind them, so they know what to do even as a start-up venture. Best of luck to her, but I think she needs to take some courses. Owning a clothing shop is not just about picking pretty clothes you like: fashion merchandising in a brick and mortar space is 80% math and accounting, heavily intermingled with consumer psychology.

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