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Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey pays $9.15m for Tully's Coffee, beating rival bids for the troubled chain

Patrick Dempsey, star of television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, has rescued a Seattle-based coffee company from bankruptcy and the clutches of its omnipresent city rival.

Dempsey's company paid $9.15m for Tully's Coffee, beating several other bids including one from the global coffee giant Starbucks. In an interview with CNN, wearing a cap sporting the Tully's logo, Dempsey said he saw little conflict between being an actor and running the chain, and said that he wanted to take a hands-on role.

"It is very important to be involved in the management of this company and turning it around," he said, outlining plans to stabilise Tully's Coffee and then expand overseas. "I like that challenge. I am in show business. It is a business. And this is one more extension of doing business, which I love doing. »

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