UPDATE: Tully’s confirmed on Friday that Patrick Dempsey won the bid to buy the bankrupt coffee chain.
In a statement, the company said “it is a step closer to exiting from bankruptcy with the sale of its assets to Global Baristas, the investment group that includes Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey. Global Baristas was selected as the winning bidder late last night, with a bid of almost $10 million.”
(NEW YORK) — With a tweet late Thursday night, it seems Patrick Dempsey got his wish to buy a flagging coffee chain in order to save hundreds of jobs.
Last week, the Grey’s Anatomy star recently went public in a quest to buy bankrupt Seattle-based Tully’s Coffee, which employs about 500 people.
Dempsey led a group of investors that pitched bids, with coffee giant Starbucks among the actor’s main competition, and the actor’s post seemed to show his team came out on top.
“We met the green monster, looked her in the eye, and…SHE BLINKED! We got it! Thank you Seattle!” he wrote.
Starbucks’ corporate logo, a female face known internally as “the Siren,” is green.
The actor was in Seattle on Thursday as part of an auction process for Tully’s. He said he felt a connection to the Emerald City, in part because his ABC series is set at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital.
Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy, told ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV, “I love it here. Even the weather is great to me….Great people….Certainly with the success of the show there’s a fondness to this community.”
Dempsey explained he and his Global Baristas group had Tully’s employees in mind.
“I think some of the players involved in this deal want to take those jobs away, and you’re looking at an economy that’s rough to get jobs. I went by one of the stores yesterday and the employees are deeply concerned. That’s one thing we care deeply about,” the actor said.
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James Hanlon, CNN
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