CINCINNATI -- Analysts said last week's decision by Kroger Co. here to combine its retail divisions headquartered in Livonia, Mich., and Columbus, Ohio, and operate the new division from Columbus does not mean the retailer is reducing its commitment to its Detroit-area stores. As an important sign of Kroger's determination to grow in that market, the company also announced it would spend more than $185 million over the next three years to build, expand and remodel stores in Michigan, ...

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