Gym’s sudden closure as glam couple is chased by tradies
A "fitness village" in Brisbane's Paddington linked to bankrupt Sydney businessman Jake Henley has been closed by the landlord over a rent dispute, as a growing list of tradespeople claim they have yet to be paid.
Fit Village is owned by RJC1 Pty Ltd, of which Mr Henley's partner Melissa Stoodley is the sole director, however Mr Henley promotes himself as the founder.
The couple were barred from the gym and members locked out on November 25 following a default notice issued by the building's landlord.
Ms Stoodley was issued with a notice to pay the outstanding rent on November 3 before the default notice terminating the lease three weeks later.
It is understood the couple were able to pay the owing rent, and the landlord did not take possession of the building.
Shocked members arrived at Fit Village on November 25 with not explanation of why they were locked out.
After settling the rent, Fit Village management played down the severity of the situation, telling its members: "We are open and will remain open."
Mr Henley did not respond to a request for comment, but Ms Stoodley said the matter related to a dispute concerning rental relief under the Government's COVID-19 emergency response laws.
"We cannot comment further, as the matter has since settled amicably," she said.
A growing list of tradespeople also continue to pursue Mr Henley and Ms Stoodley for unpaid work.
It is understood Mr Henley owes an undisclosed amount to Brisbane business Bridgman Stainless Solutions for a commercial kitchen.
Bridgman declined to comment on the matter.
An investigation by The Courier-Mail into Mr Henley's business dealings revealed he was a director of at least 40 companies - of which the majority were deregistered - before being declared bankrupt in May 2017.
At least three of the companies he was involved in collapsed owing creditors millions of dollars.
Mr Henley has previously said he was not a company director when the businesses went into liquidation and declared he was not in control of finances.
Originally published as Gym's sudden closure as glam couple chased by landlord, tradies