(July 2) Produce suppliers of 7-Eleven Inc. might indeed be thanking heaven for the Dallas-based convenience chain.

The retailer announced in January that it planned to increase its offerings of healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, salads and sandwiches. Now 7-Eleven’s parent company — Seven-Eleven Japan, a unit of Seven & I Holdings — has announced it will invest $2.4 billion during a four-year period to open 1,000 new stores in the U.S. and to upgrade existing stores, according to Reuters.

A 7-Eleven spokeswoman could not be reached for comment before deadline, but the chain’s Web site says it has 5,400 stores in the U.S. and 7,200 in North America.

According to the site, the company’s fresh-cut fruit cups include grapes, pineapples, mango, watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberries. The convenience store also offers oranges, bananas, whole or sliced apples and veggie trays.