Patrick Dempsey Buys Tully's Coffee, Saves Hundreds of Jobs

| by Michael Allen

Patrick Dempsey, star of the TV show 'Grey's Anatomy,' recently bought Seattle-based Tully's Coffee for $9.15 million.

Dempsey's company Global Baristas beat out six other bidders for the company, including Starbucks, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Dempsey tweeted his victory over Starbucks after an auction for Tully's late Thursday night: "We met the green monster, looked her in the eye, and ... SHE BLINKED! We got it! Thank you Seattle!"

Tully’s Coffee has 47 coffee shops and more than 500 employees in Washington State and California. Its parent company, TC Global Inc. filed for bankruptcy in October.

Dempsey said: "I'm thrilled that we won and I'm even more excited about saving Tully's Coffee and its hundreds of jobs."

"I'm confident we will be able to successfully build the brand and help grow the economy. 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."

His winning bid won't be official until a bankruptcy hearing next week, but Dempsey expects the deal to be finalized later this month.