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Norma’s Burgers – We’ve Come “Full Circle”!

In 1965, a small hamburger stand opened for business at the intersection of Martin Way and Marvin Road. The stand was called Norm’s. Norm’s was famous for its burgers and fries, and was a popular stop for folks on their way to and from the city dump. Norm’s closed in 1985, but the namesake would live on.

In 1993, Phil and Norma Swenson built a hamburger stand at 7210 Martin Way, near the Tanglewild Center in Lacey. Pete Van Lierop, a long-time resident and friend, suggested that they name the business “Norma’s”, since everyone remembered the old Norm’s hamburger stand. The name stuck, and Norma’s Burger Hut became a new favorite stop for locals.

In 1997, Phil and Norma sold their stand to myself and Pete Van Lierop. Pete & I planned to fix up the stand and resell it, but after Pete decided to return to his family business at Country Green Turf Farm, I discovered that I loved the business and remained the owner of Norma’s.

In June 2005, I heard that Tiny’s Burger House in Nisqually was for sale. Tiny’s was another longtime Lacey establishment. Coincidentally, I learned that “Tiny” was the daughter of Norm who built the original Norm’s hamburger stand.

So things had come full circle, and my wife & I purchased Tiny’s and renamed it Norma’s @ I-5.

After an extensive remodel, the new Norma’s location opened its doors, and has since become more popular than any Norma’s before it. Even Phil, Norma, and Pete drop in for a delicious burger every now and then.
Norma’s takes pride in using the freshest ingredients we can find locally. Fresh, never frozen local 100% beef patties.

Our support of the community and the military has always been important. At Norma’s, you’re not just a guest, you are family.

We’re located right off
I-5, Exit 114 in Olympia.

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