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The Seattle Times reports that Tully's Coffee has been acquired by an investment group fronted by actor Patrick Dempsey, for $9.15 million. The deal includes the chain's 47 stores, as well as franchise rights.

Dempsey plays Dr. Derek Shepherd (nicknamed "McDreamy") in the TV series "Grey's Anatomy," which is set in a fictional Seattle hospital.

In acquiring Tully's, the Dempsey group beat out a number of competitors, including Starbucks, which reportedly bid for half of Tully's stores.
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