SEATTLE (AP) - A company that teamed up with Starbucks Corp. to bid for the Tully’s Coffee chain filed an objection Wednesday challenging the winning offer made by “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey.
The proposed sale goes before a bankruptcy judge in Seattle on Friday.
Cliff Burrows, who heads Starbucks‘ Americas business, said he’s confident the company put forth the best bid with its companion bidder to give shareholders the most value.
Dempsey said he’s confident the court will decide that Global Baristas submitted “the highest and best bid.”
AgriNurture, which also does business in the U.S. as Earthright Holdings Inc., already operates Tully’s franchises in Asia.
Another bidder has also filed an objection to the sale, saying the rules changed in the middle of the auction.