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Dempsey beats Starbucks in bid for Tully's Coffee

Patrick Dempsey is seen in this undated file photo.

January 5, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
He's probably best known as TV's "Doctor McDreamy."

But actor Patrick Dempsey is also part of a company that just won a bid to buy Tully's Coffee.

Dempsey's investment group won preliminary approval over several other bidders, including Starbucks, to buy the Seattle based coffee chain for $9.1 million.

The actor visited several stores Friday to meet employees, customers, and fans.

While the sale isn't official yet, Dempsey is already talking like a proud owner.

"As far as our employees, they need to have a morale boost," Dempsey said."They need to have confidence. I need to get to know them. I need to get to know the community and I need to spend a lot more time here. I really like it here," he said. "I like waking up in this town."

A judge is expected to sign off on the Tully's deal on Friday.