The Fresh Market Inc., a specialty food retailer, plans to raise as much as $345 million in an initial public share offering.

Based in Greensboro, N.C., Fresh Market strives to create a “neighborhood grocer” atmosphere offering “fresh, carefully selected, high-quality food products focused on perishable categories,” the company said in a May 3 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Store offerings include “hand-stacked produce that is colorfully displayed,” according to the filing.

Fresh Market, which nearly doubled its store count in the past four years, didn’t say when it expected to have its IPO or how many shares it would sell.

At the end of April, Fresh Market had 95 stores in 19 states, primarily in the Southeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, compared with 53 at the end of 2005.

Fresh Market fared better than larger grocery chains during the recession, based on the May 3 filing.

In 2009, Fresh Market posted net income of $49.2 million in 2009, up 56% from $31.6 million in 2008, according to filing. Sales last year rose 8% to $861.9 million.