Borders Shutters Distribution Center

Troubled Borders Group is closing one of three distribution centers amid reports it plans a Thursday meeting with its vendors.

The Ann Arbor-based company says it will close a Tennessee distribution facility by mid-July, eliminating 310 jobs. Two other centers, in Pennsylvania and California, will remain open and will absorb the Tennessee center’s workload.

The centers process and ship inventory to Borders stores around the country.

A spokeswoman for the company, Mary Davis, said Borders’ primary strategic focus remains on restructuring its debt, but she declined comment on reports that a meeting with company vendors is set for Thursday.

Borders said last month that it had delayed payments to some vendors in order to preserve cash while it attempts to refinance its debt.

Workers at the Tennessee facility will be offered a severance package.

Borders stock opens on Wall Street Thursday at 81 cents a share.

(Copyright 2011 WWJ Newsradio 950. The Associated Press Contributed To This Story)

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