Norman Brothers Produce – known to Miami residents for their fruit milkshakes and cranberry tuna salad in addition to their cornucopia of retail produce – is closed.
If you’re still dreaming of the famous fresh fruit milkshakes in the market, there’s another chance to recreate your own at home using the same blenders used to make the original.
Although the business officially closed on August 8, 2021, those looking for a piece of Norman Brothers nostalgia – or just commercial kitchen supplies – have a chance to grab a piece of Miami’s culinary history.
In the coming weeks, construction is expected to begin on the property. The Norman Brothers building will be replaced by an assisted living facility, and the family has chosen Stampler Auctions to liquidate the premises.
In May, Miami New Times reported that the long-standing, family-owned and operated farmers market and grocer would close after more than 50 years in business. (The market, which began as a stall off SW 87th Avenue, was founded by two Norman family brothers, who owned the adjacent farmland. In 1980, two farmers – David Nelson and Ken Graves – bought the company and kept the name.)
Earlier this year, Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved a zoning change that would allow an assisted living facility to replace the company, which was operating at 7621 SW 87th Ave. The decision to sell the land and close Norman Brothers came as a shock. to area residents, loyal customers and local chefs.
At the time, Norman Brothers chief executive Suann Suggs said New times moving to sell was a family decision.
“In all these years, none of us spent Christmas Eve at home or a Saturday morning with our family – we’re still here,” Suggs said. “It’s a lot of work, and there’s no second generation behind us. As we get older, it’s a good time to plan for what lies ahead.”
In recent months, Norman Brothers Products remained open despite the news, selling fruits, vegetables, and a wide variety of seafood, meats, and ready meals.
Now with the permanent closure a number of new and old items are up for grabs. The auction will take place on Monday, September 13 at 11 a.m., via live audio with online auction only. The assets will be previewed at the store location that morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., by appointment only.
Hannah Stampler, whose father founded Stampler auctions in 1960, tells New times over 400 items will be sold in the online auction. A full inventory with photographs will be available on the Stampler website, with the terms and conditions listed next to each item.
“Everything from refrigerated cases and kitchen equipment to storage cabinets and some antiques – and a lot more,” says Stampler.
Harry Stampler, president of Stampler Auctions, says the selection of equipment is exceptionally impressive. Items include a commercial, trailer-mounted Holstein smoker, Cummins diesel generator, and industrial-sized Hobart Legacy blenders.
“In over 60 years in business, this liquidation is one of the best groups of catering equipment we’ve seen,” Stampler said. “This auction demands everyone’s attention.”
Norman Brothers Produce online auction. Monday September 13 at 11 a.m. Registration on stamplerauctions.com.