Food 4 Less pulling out of the Las Vegas market

Discount grocer Food 4 Less is ditching Las Vegas.

Management said today it is converting six locations in the valley to Smith’s Food & Drug stores — both brands are owned by Kroger Co. — and closing eight others as it exits the Las Vegas market.

The conversions and closures will take place by early next year. Food 4 Less employs 900 people locally, and all will have job offers at Smith’s after the changeover, the company said in a news release.

Some of the stores had been underperforming for some time, and the decision to leave the market was “just a business decision,” Food 4 Less spokeswoman Kendra Doyel said. She declined to go into further detail.

There are currently 30 Smith’s stores in the area with 3,500 employees.

“We are delighted that Food 4 Less associates from both the converted and closed stores will be able to continue their careers with Smith’s,” Jay Cummins, Smith’s division president, said in the news release.

The following stores will be remodeled as Smith’s: 3013 W. Craig Road; 4001 S. Decatur Blvd., 3602 E. Bonanza Road; 2255 Las Vegas Blvd. North; 4965 E. Sahara Ave.; and 8180 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

These Food 4 Less stores will close: 2271 N. Green Valley Parkway; 2545 S. Eastern Ave.; 1955 N. Nellis Blvd.; 120 S. Rainbow Blvd.; 1301 S. Boulder Highway; 3250 E. Flamingo Road.; and 3864 W. Sahara Ave. The eighth store was not listed.

The closures will all occur early next year, except for the store on West Sahara, which is slated to close next month.

Food 4 Less will still operate stores in California and Chicago, the company said.