'McDreamy' is new Tully's owner
MANILA, Philippines - Grey's Anatomy's "McDreamy" Patrick Dempsey is no longer just an actor but is now also the proud owner of Seattle-based coffee chain Tully's Coffee.
On Thursday, January 3, Dempsey out-bidded coffee giant Starbucks and acquired Tully's for $9.5 million. The bidding was done through a private auction in Seattle.
A day after his win over Starbucks, Dempsey tours Tully's stores and gets to know the employees.
Heading to Clyde Hill Tully's now to meet employees and our customers.Very exciting.— Patrick Dempsey (@PatrickDempsey) January 4, 2013
On my way in 20 min to Lincoln Square Tully's.Love this city.— Patrick Dempsey (@PatrickDempsey) January 4, 2013
Very impressed with all of the employees. On way to Mercer Island.— Patrick Dempsey (@PatrickDempsey) January 4, 2013
Reports stated that Tully's filed for bankruptcy and closed 19 stores in October. Dempsey said he intends to prevent some 500 Tully's employees from losing their jobs.
"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 to US Magazine.
"Tully's is a great company with committed employees, 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."
"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," he added. - Rappler.com