Starbucks Corp. is heading into the scrum over Tully’s Coffee, tussling with actor Patrick Dempsey and “breastaurant” style Baristas Coffee Co. to win control of the bankrupt chain.
It’s a true Seattle battle: Starbucks, Tully’s and Baristas are all based in the Washington city. Dempsey’s McDreamy character on the television show “Grey’s Anatomy” is based there.
Starbucks confirmed Thursday that it is participating in an auction for Tully’s but declined to say more, saying it was “respecting the Seattle Bankruptcy Court’s request for confidentiality.”
Tully’s parent company, TC Global Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October, citing struggles with profitability. The company owns 47 stores in Washington and California and has closed at least 19 since the bankruptcy filing.