Creation of Sports users' body Research Centre.
In the early 1990s, a student taking an interest in different types of foot motion does an internship at DECATHLON. In 1995, he defends his doctoral thesis on “heel and forefoot pivoting while running: methods and applications for sports footwear”.In the same year, he participates in the creation of one of the first innovative products for the DECATHLON brand: the Maya hiking shoe, equipped with the Flex concept.Following this successful experience, the Research Centre dedicated to the human body is officially founded in 1997, integrating several experts. Today, it has fifty or so research engineers and is called DECATHLON SportsLab.
Logistics goes international! The first foreign warehouse opens abroad with 17,000 sq. m surface area, in Martorell close to Barcelona, in Spain.
The Trans En Provence store, No 171, opens with the smallest surface area, at 898 sq. m. It remained our smallest store until 2018, when it was given a makeover, becoming larger, more functional and environmentally friendly.