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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Patrick Dempsey said he wants to rescue a coffee house chain and more than 500 jobs.

The Grey s Anatomy star said Wednesday he s leading a group attempting to buy Tully s Coffee. The Seattle-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.

Dempsey said he s excited about the chance to help hundreds of workers and give back to Seattle.

The actor has a strong TV tie to the city: He plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey s Anatomy, the ABC drama set at fictional Seattle Grace Hospital.

Tully s has 47 company-run stores in Washington and California, as well as five franchised stores and 58 licensed locations in the U.S.

Any sale would have to be approved by a judge. A bankruptcy court hearing is set for Jan. 11 in Seattle.

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