A portion of the old Zellers building in Bracebridge is coming back to life.

Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North will be taking over 15,000 square feet of the 50,000 square foot building with its ReStore in April. Habitat for Humanity officials say this new location is expected to bring more attention to the business. Building owner Derek Hull says he’s hopeful the increase in traffic to this property will attract more businesses to lease the rest of the space available. He says plans are in the works to redevelop the front of the building.

Mayor Graydon Smith says this is great news for the town as the empty building has been asked about quite a bit by local residents. He says the town will be working alongside Hull to help revitalize the property.

Zellers in Bracebridge was closed in 2012 after Hudson’s Bay Company began shutting down the chain.