Patrick Dempsey Wins Bid to Buy Tully’s Coffee Chain, Save Hundreds of Jobs
It looks like Patrick Dempsey will officially be entering the coffee business. The actor says his bid to buy failing Seattle-based chain Tully’s Coffee was accepted, although the purchase still needs to get final approval by a bankruptcy judge at a hearing next week. “We met the green monster, looked her in the eye, and…SHE BLINKED! We got it!” Dempsey tweeted late Thursday, adding, “Thank you Seattle!”
As Gossip Cop previously reported, the “Grey’s Anatomy” star revealed last month that he was leading an effort to buy the troubled company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. Dempsey was motivated in part by the prospect of hundreds of employees at the company’s 47 coffee houses in Washington and California (and dozens of licensed locations across the United States) losing their jobs if the shops were shuttered.
The TV star’s Global Baristas LLC, along with competitors including Starbucks, presented their bids on Thursday, and Dempsey’s win means he and his co-investors will shell out a reported $9,150,000 to buy the company. “I’m thrilled that we won and I’m even more excited about saving Tully’s Coffee and its hundreds of jobs,” Dempsey said in a statement furnished to Gossip Cop. “Tully’s is a great company with committed employees,” he continued, “and with its base in Seattle, one of the world’s greatest cities, I’m confident we will be able to successfully build the brand and help grow the economy.” Dempsey added, “Seattle has been very good to me over my career, and I am honored to have the privilege to own Tully’s and work closely with the company’s employees.”