Patrick Dempsey Successfully Bids on Tully's Coffee
Patrick Dempsey and his group of investors reportedly made the winning bid for Seattle coffee chain Tully's in a bankruptcy auction.
"We met the green monster, looked her in the eye, and...SHE BLINKED! We got it! Thank you Seattle!," Dempsey wrote on Twitter on Thursday night, presumably referencing a competing bid from Starbucks. He added Friday: "Heading to Clyde Hill Tully's now to meet employees and our customers. Very exciting."
Global Baristas, Dempsey's group, bid $9.15 million for Tully's, according to ABC News.
Dempsey had announced his intention to buy Tully's in late December. The Grey's Anatomy actor now says he plans to be more involved with managing the Seattle chain.
"We can pull this off. We just have to take steps that are slow and smart," he told the Associated Press. "I'm going to get behind the counter. I'm going to serve coffee ... I'm going to give the company a boost of energy."
The AP notes that confirmation of the bid won't be official until a court hearing Jan. 11.
"We are very encouraged and excited that Patrick Dempsey’s commitment to Tully’s, to the company, the stores and perhaps most importantly, in keeping the members of Tully’s family in place as they are today," said Scott Pearson, CEO of Tully's Coffee, in a statement.
Dempsey had previously described that he was concerned about job losses at Tully's if they were bought by a different competitor.
"I think some of the players involved in this deal want to take those jobs away, and you're looking at an ecomony that's really rough," Dempsey had said in an interview with ABC's KOMO-TV in Seattle.