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Patrick Dempsey already saved a life earlier this year and now he’s hoping to same jobs. The Grey’s Anatomy star has fallen in love with Seattle, where the show is based, and said Wednesday that he will try to help the West Coast coffee chain Tully’s Coffee, which is based in Washington state.
“I'm excited about the opportunity to save hundreds of jobs, give back to Seattle and become a larger part of the economic growth and fabric of the community,” Dempsey said in a statement to E! News.
He added, “I've always loved this city, and with the purchase of Tully's Coffee, I plan to spend a lot of time in Seattle and at the stores connecting with the community and growing the Tully's brand. It looks like Seattle may be my home away from home in the very near future.”
Tully’s Coffee filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October and is undergoing reorganization. In addition, the company is planning on closing underperforming locations. The auction for the company will be held on Jan. 3.
According to The Seattle Times, Jane Pearson, a partner at the firm representing Dempsey and the group that could compete for the company, said that the group will make a formal offer today, before the auction. “We believe it’s a very competitive bid, and we’re optimistic,” Pearson said.
Back in April, Dempsey helped rescue a teen from a car crash in Malibu. He was also honored by the Metropolitan King County Council for helping raise $500,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital two years ago.