The company got its start in English, Northern France in 1976 by Michel Leclerq. Decathlon expands a self-service layout and claims to have the best prices available.
The Decathlon company has a strong commitment to the environment. Developing buildings that blend well with the surroundings, the company opts for large parcels of property, allowing for customer sporting activities along with organizing sporting events. The store must be of a simple design, be economically viable and useful to the patrons. Decathlon operates over 500 stores worldwide and employees over 40,000 people. With a value of well over 6 billion dollars.
This sporting goods retailer caters to all levels of athletes and in some store locations twice a year the customer can sell or trade used sporting good equipment.
The company maintains a website with all product availability with delivery to the client home or a local Decathlon location. The online site provides technical advice, user reviews, and product guides. The site also has pertinent information concerning the Decathlon stores, upcoming events, the hours of operation and product availability.
The Decathlon Company operates with a board of directors structure headed by the CEO Yves Claude.
The Decathlon Foundation created in 2005. The foundation assists company employees involved with local charities. Providing financial and material assistance to support people in vulnerable situations. The foundation has hosted 70 projects and has helped 20,000 people.