The Kroger company says it’s going to combine its Columbus and Michigan divisions in Ohio. Company spokesman Gary Rhodes says the cost-cutting move is in response to competitive pressure from Wal-Mart stores incorporated. He says it’s too early to say if there will be layoffs. The divisions have a combined 27 thousand workers. The Cincinnati-based grocery chain also announced that it will invest 185 million dollars to expand and renovate its Kroger and Kessel stores in Michigan. That expansion will create five hundred jobs in Michigan this year. Kroger also will keep an office in Livonia, Michigan, to keep marketing and operating closer to customers.