Calvin Hammonds is the owner and operator of Stampede Market & Grill, headquartered in Alton, IL. This is a highly regarded Convenience store and restaurant in Madison County, IL.

Calvin was trained in the restaurant business and co-owned and operated a restaurant, Jessica’s Home Cooked Meals, which had two locations in Alton, IL. He grew up with his mother cooking everything from scratch. She used to say, “As long as you have in your home: Sugar, flour, milk, butter and eggs, you can make anything.” 

Some of the services Stampede Market & Grill provides include: Delicious home-cooked meals, cold beverages, including soda and beer, convenience store with all the necessities, some luxuries as well as tobacco products.

When it comes to owning a convenience store and providing expert restaurant services, nothing takes the place of experience. Calvin has over 30 years in the restaurant industry and started Stampede Market & Grill in 2017.

One of Stampede Market & Grill’s goals is to provide their Madison County customers with high quality, convenient and affordable meals. People often choose Stampede Market & Grill for the convenience store and restaurant because home-cooked meals are much better than fast food. They offer $4.00 specials with fries and up to 13 combination meals that can include chicken, fish, steak and a choice of side. Barbecue chicken, fish, steak and shrimp are also available daily. Door dash and Grub Hub delivers.

The result, one of the best restaurants and convenience stores in Alton, IL!  


What do their customers think?

One fan of the company publicly wrote, “So many great foods to choose from fish, chicken, hamburgers and bbq.”

Another fan of the Stampede Market & Grill publicly wrote, “Food is amazing. Place was spotless clean. I will definitely be back.”

Having owner operated experts, like Calvin providing quality, affordable meals and a convenience store with all the necessities is an asset to Alton, Madison County, IL and the surrounding areas.

Business owners take risks and often work long, exhaustive hours to service their clients. There are freedoms in owning a business, but these freedoms come at a cost. Rarely acknowledged are business owners like Calvin Hammonds that employ people and ensure their staff are paid continuously. Sure, people earn their wages through their time, hard work and skills, but let’s take a moment and thank Calvin for having and continuing the business ownership game that allows people an opportunity to produce and earn those wages.

Need a local convenience store that offers delicious home-cooked meals? Give Stampede Market & Grill an opportunity by visiting them at 234A East Elm Street, Alton, IL or by calling them at 618-433-1700.

In addition to running a successful convenience store and restaurant business, Calvin supports the community and maintains his Midwest values of family, friends and food making everyday life better. He remembers the days of family gatherings where cousins, aunts/uncles, grandparents and and even neighbors would gather for good conversation over home-cooked dishes of beef, chicken or pork. Today, Calvin is hoping that his home cooking can bring smiles to today’s families in these ever-changing times.


So from the staff of Local Search Force that runs the County Advisory Board

Calvin Hammonds, you are highly commended for your service to the residents of Madison County, for having and maintaining a business that adds to the financial well-being of IL and for your willingness to participate in social betterment activities.


Well done Calvin Hammonds!


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