SEATTLE — The auction for the beleaguered Tully’s Coffee chain concluded Friday in federal bankruptcy court, with a judge approving the sale to an ownership group led by actor Patrick Dempsey.
Dempsey — dubbed “McDreamy” in the hospital drama “Grey’s Anatomy” — had claimed victory last week after an auction, but a company that teamed up with Starbucks to bid for Tully’s filed an objection.
AgriNurture Inc. had 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, which planned to keep Tully’s intact, 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.
Dempsey said he was “thrilled that we prevailed.”