Borders Group Inc. stores in South Portland and Bangor are among 30 locations that Books-A-Million Inc. has prosposed to buy from bankrupt, Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Borders, according to The Associated Press.

But Borders spokesperson Mary Davis said today it’s too early to speculate on the deal because negotiations continue.

“We can’t comment on the list of stores. It hasn’t been finalized yet,” she said.

On Thursday, Books-A-Million announced the proposal, but did not say which stores it offered to buy.
“Books-A-Million, Inc. today announced the Company has submitted a bid in the Borders, Inc., bankruptcy proceedings to purchase, among other things, the inventory, fixtures, equipment, and leasehold interests for 30 Borders locations,” said the release. “Under the proposed bid, Books-A-Million will assume the leases for these locations and continue to operate these stores.”

David Manning, service manager at the South Portland Borders, declined to comment when asked if he knew details of the deal.

Borders, which has about 10,700 employees and operates 399 stores, filed for bankruptcy in February. Starting today, Borders stores across the country began holding going-out-of-business sales, with discounts of up to 40 percent.

In addition to South Portland and Bangor, Borders also has a store in Brunswick, which was not on the acquisition list published by AP.