Our Mission and Our Culture


Our Mission at TGI is to provide our customers with unsurpassed service and to be the stewards of our own brands and all those we operate. We vigorously invest in TGI and inspire our employees to aggressively grow our business.


Our culture is one of hard work, dedication and passion for our company and our individual jobs.  We believe in listening to each other and encouraging opposing views because it leads to creative and superior ideas and solutions. We support each other and succeed together as a team. We encourage innovation and calculated risk taking. We believe that mistakes are vehicles for learning, just don’t keep making the same ones. Most of all…we greatly enjoy working together as a highly successful and driven team.


In 1981, The Grove, Inc., opened one of the first independently managed snack-offering units in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. That initial venture set the pattern and created a niche that has allowed TGI to develop a nationwide system of locations offering a wide variety of foods and internationally recognized brands to the traveling public.

  • 1981 – The first Grove store is opened in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Corporate Office is located in New Orleans.
  • 1984 – 1990 – The Company expands its presence by opening snack stores in other airports including Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), LaGuardia International Airport (LGA), JFK International Airport, and O’Hare International Airport (ORD).
  • 1990 – 1999 -  The Company further develops its snack offerings, focusing on the highest quality nuts, candy and frozen desserts.
  • 2000 – The Grove, Inc. (TGI) relocates its corporate office from New Orleans to Westchester, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.
  • 2003 – TGI begins to co-brand with Smoothie King, thereby expanding on its airport offerings. TGI hits $20 million in sales.
  • 2004 – Michelle Dukler becomes majority owner, President & CEO of TGI and redirects the future of the company with the goal of focusing on becoming a full-fledged brand operator.
  • 2004 – TGI moves into the QSR category when it opens its first Subway location in Newark Liberty International Airport.
  • 2006 – TGI expands its portfolio of brands by adding a Dunkin Donuts store in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
  • 2007 – 2009 – TGI adds 6 new brands to its portfolio including Jamba Juice, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and TGI’s own brand, Fresh Market On The Go.
  • 2010 – Growing rapidly, TGI adds Wendy’s, Famous Famiglia, Red Mango, Ben & Jerry’s, and Auntie Anne’s to its portfolio of brands, thereby expanding its offerings in the QSR category.
  • 2011 – TGI wins coveted 2011 ARN Award for Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator in the Small Business Category.
  • 2011 – TGI celebrates its 30-year anniversary.
  • 2011 – TGI launches its new business logo and website:
    www.tgiconcessions.com, formally presenting itself to the industry as your concourse food source.