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Posted on: May 9, 2016

Business Highlight for May: Stamps Super Burgers


Stamps Super Burger is the City of Jackson’s Business Highlight for May 2016. The business’ owners, husband and wife, Algernon and Barbara Stamps, opened in 1970 at it’s one and only location of 1801 Dalton Street.
At the time, the couple’s mindset was to provide the African American community of Washington Addition an affordable and quality meal at a black-owned establishment.
They made sure of product quality by negotiating with local butchers to get fresh meat daily, and today that same principal is followed by their son, Phil Stamps, who has been managing the business full time since 2003. Phil, who still lives in the family home, which is in walking distance from the business said his parents put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into building the business to its present state. He said all the children were practically cared for by their parents in the restaurant, as if it was jointly a day care center.
Even though most of the Washington Addition community businesses have closed, Stamps Super Burger, located in the shadows of Jackson State University, continues to thrive and contribute to the surrounding community. They make many monetary contributions to community fundraisers, especially those affiliated with educational promotion. Algernon Stamps, a teacher prior to his entrepreneurship, knows one of the keys to improving the City of Jackson is to make every effort to keep children focused on learning. Just recently Phil donated vouchers as prizes for a local school’s spelling bee.
In past years, they’ve hired community youth and used the process as a teaching tool by requiring them, as they do all other applicants, to go through the process of completing an application and coming to an interview properly dressed and groomed. As this is sometimes the first job interview experience for some youth, the Stamps’ team offers pointers to help them with future interviews.
Recognizing the value in JSU community businesses, Stamps Super Burger was recently featured in the school’s campus newspaper “Blue and White Flash”. The business was one of the first to accept JSU’s supercard, which is essentially a debit card that allows students, faculty, and staff the ability to purchase from non JSU merchants by accessing their JSU account.
The immediate future vision for Stamps Super Burger is controlled growth, in which they are in the process of outlining. Phil said throughout the years they’ve learned a lot about how to operate a business through experiencing many “growing pains.”
It is an honor to have this “rock” of a business located in Jackson. The business’ great past and present and its vision for the future puts it in the elite category. The Stamps family’s dedication to inspiring Jackson’s youth through education and its commitment to continue to produce quality fast food is what accentuates it as being worthy of the City of Jackson Business Highlight for May 2016 as designated by the city’s Office of Economic Development and supported by Mayor Tony T. Yarber.

By Vic Sexton

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