NORWAY – Contractors for the soon-to-open Walgreens on Paris and Fair streets went overboard to satisfy requests to spruce up the site, Norway Downtown President Andrea Burns told selectmen recently.

“We got everything we wanted from Walgreens,” Burns said. “It was very thrilling.”

The requests to Walgreens’ contractor, the Richmond Co. of Massachusetts, included triple the usual number of plantings, more grass, granite curbing and concrete sidewalks.

“We were making a substantial investment in the community. We sat down in advance to see what we could incorporate into their plans,” said David LaTulippe of the Richmond Co., whose primary business is retail development.

Construction of the 14,700-square-foot Walgreens pharmacy began late last year when three buildings on Paris and Fair streets were taken down to make way for the 60-plus parking lot and retail store on 1.28 acres.

Tiffany Bruce, head of Walgreens public relations department at its corporate headquarters in Illinois, said Thursday that the store has a tentative opening date of Aug. 15.

The Richmond Co. was ready to go ahead and line Route 26 with trees, as requested by Burns, but LaTulippe said the Maine Department of Transportation nixed the idea because it spends thousands of dollars each year trimming trees already planted along roadways.

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