Build a store locator using Woosmap Map JS API

This guide provides best practices for building a store locator using the Woosmap Map JS API. It features examples for showcasing your assets on a map, finding locations, and giving directions to your users.

  1. Overview
  2. Sample app
  3. Showing your assets on a map
  4. Searching for locations and nearby assets
  5. Ordering your assets by distance
  6. Filtering your assets
  7. Providing distance and directions


Stores Locators are a common feature in many websites, enabling users to find business locations on a map. They offer a convenient and efficient way to identify the right store for specific needs, acting as a powerful tool for businesses to drive foot traffic to their physical locations.

Based on your specific requirements and available timeframe, you can integrate the Store Locator Widget directly or develop a custom app using the Map JS API as described in this guide.

To give your users the best experience, it is recommended to leverage multiple features from Woosmap platform. This commonly includes:

Web and Mobile APIs
Woosmap Map can be implemented on web (JavaScript and TypeScript), Android, and iOS platforms, with each SDK offering web services APIs for requesting Localities (autocomplete, geocoding) and Distance (distance matrix, route, traffic).

Sample app

Before diving through each part, you might want to check out the following sample app which implements almost all features mentioned here:

Store Locator Sample

This demo, developed with TypeScript and without reliance on any frameworks or library dependencies, features a map, a search bar, a list of locations, and filters to assist users in finding locations that match their criteria. Additionally, the app offers detailed routing directions to the chosen location, complete with a roadbook and the flexibility to choose from various modes of transportation, such as walking, driving or bicycling.

Feel free to clone the repository and use it as a starting point for your own project:

Showing your assets on a map

For this step, you will need to have previously uploaded your assets to your Woosmap project either through the Woosmap Console or the Woosmap Data API. Once your assets are uploaded, you can use the Woosmap Map JS API to display them on a map. The is used to display the locations of your assets on the map. To enhance the performance and user experience, this class integrates with the Tiled View, ensuring efficient and smooth map interactions.

        const style = {
    breakPoint: 14,
    rules: [],
    default: {
        color: "#008a2f",
        size: 8,
        minSize: 1,
        icon: {url: ""},
        selectedIcon: {url: ""},
const storesOverlay = new;


Here is an example of how to display your assets on a map using the StoresOverlay class.

Searching for locations and nearby assets

Often, users will want to search for an asset that are nearby a specific location. You can choose to implement an off-the-shelf search bar such as the MultiSearch Widget and Localities Widget or use the class that provides methods for requesting the Localities API (autocompletion and geocoding).

        const geocodeRequest = {
    address: "10 downing street, london"
const localitiesService = new;
    .then((response) => {


Once you get the location from the user, request your assets nearby using the StoresService class.

        const storesService = new;

function handleSearchFromLocation(latlng) {
  const searchRequest = {
    storesByPage: 15,
    latLng: latlng,

    .then((stores) => handleSearchResults(stores))


Here is an example of how to use the LocalitiesService and StoresService classes to search for locations and nearby assets.

Ordering your assets by distance

Distance Matrix API is a powerful tool to calculate the distance and travel time between your assets and the user’s location. The class provides methods for requesting the Distance Matrix API.

Checkout the following guide to learn more about the Distance Matrix API and how to use it to order your assets by distance:

Filtering your assets

You can provide a filter to help users find the locations that match their criteria. The StoresOverlay.setQuery(queryString) method allows to filter the assets displayed on the map.

Your query should follow the Search API guidelines.

Providing distance and directions

The allows you to request directions from one location to another. This class provides methods for requesting the Directions API for various modes of transportation.

Explore the dedicated section below to understand how to request and display directions on your map:

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