A bankruptcy judge on Friday approved the sale of beleaguered coffee company Tully's to a group led by Patrick Dempsey.
The actor dubbed "McDreamy" in the "Grey's Anatomy" hospital TV drama had claimed victory last week after an auction, but a company that teamed up with Starbucks Corp. to bid for the Tully's Coffee chain filed an objection Wednesday. AgriNurture Inc. said it was still willing to proceed with its combined bid with Starbucks of about $10.6 million.
The bid from Dempsey's company, Global Baristas LLC, was for $9.2 million.
At a hearing Friday afternoon, Judge Karen Overstreet said the Jan. 4 auction was fair and no mistakes had been made.
In a statement, Dempsey said he was "thrilled that we prevailed."
"I've been deeply humbled by the outpouring of support from the city of Seattle and am very proud to be a new business owner in this amazing city," he said. "We have a lot to accomplish over the next few months and years, and I am excited to now call Seattle my second home."
Overstreet said at the conclusion of a hearing Friday that lasted several hours that the auction and the arguments presented by all sides were intricate, but it was not her job to second-guess the decision made by Tully's executives to accept Dempsey's bid.
"Was it complicated? Yes. Did it produce a fantastic result for this case? Yes it did," Overstreet said.
Tully's has 47 shops in Washington and California with more than 500 employees. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, citing lease obligations and underperforming stores.
After winning last week's bankruptcy auction, Dempsey made an appearance at a Tully's near Pike Place Market, shaking hands with workers and greeting customers before visiting other stores.
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