Our history

A reference in the commercial and retail real estate market…

The company Codata was created in 1989 with the aim of assisting the development of national and international retailers. At that time, there was no significant database dedicated to commercial real estate. And the idea to create a database of retail Locations that all professionals in the sector could use came up. 

In the world of Retail Property Intelligence 

In the beginning, the project was simple. It was limited to France and consisted in developing a retail database based on field census. All collected data was represented on maps. 

The first map representations were made on paper: maps in A0 format, directories and “Guides of Commercial Sites” that were very popular in the end of the 90s. 


Creation of Codata

1994 – 2000

Retail observatory in a printed format, only for the city centres located in France 

2000 – 2002

Addition of the shopping centres and “retailers” data in a France 


Creation of Codata Explorer 

2007 – 2015

Extension of the geographical coverage in France and in other countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Germany 

2015 – 2018

Progressive withdrawal of countries outside France, Belgium and Luxembourg.


Acquisition of Codata by Explore group


Integration of footfall data

Codata continuously improves and diversifies its products and services to meet the needs of its clients, with solutions 24/7 on subscription and download on demand.