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Patrick Dempsey buys Tully's Coffee stores

5:16 PM, Jan 4, 2013   |    comments
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    On Thursday, the "Grey's Anatomy" star beat out java giant Starbucks in a bid to buy Seattle-based Tully's Coffee.

    Dempsey paid $9.1 million for Tully's 47 company-owned stores in Washington and California.

    It also means 500 Tully employees will keep their jobs.

    Dempsey says the success of "Grey's Anatomy," which is set in Seattle but filmed in Los Angeles, has created a "fondness" for the Emerald City and its love for coffee.

    "Of course because of the show I have a really strong connection here," Dempsey says. "I don't get a chance to spend enough time here. I've always lobbied to shoot up here and I think that would add a nice character. I think the city has so much soul and so much character and atmosphere and I love the rain, so it was a great excuse to spend more time here." 

    The sale is expected to be finalized on Jan. 11 at a hearing in Seattle.

    The sale does not impact the wholesale and online Tully's Coffee business and brand.

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