Dempsey, most famous for Grey’s Anatomy, has assembled a group of investors that hopes to rescue the chain of coffee shops, CNN reports. Tully’s Coffee, citing higher costs, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last October.
In a statement, Dempsey said he and his group are hoping to save hundreds of jobs by purchasing the chain. “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,” the statement read.
The company has made no comment about Dempsey’s bid other than to say that, “We will know by 5 (p,m.) today how many bids have been submitted. The (bankruptcy) auction takes place on January 3 and the final hearing is on January 11.”
Only the firm’s stores are affected by the bankruptcy. The company’s online sales and coffee wholesale business were purchased by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR) in 2009.