ALBANY, N.Y.– Stuyvesant Plaza today announced that it will purchase $10,000 in gift cards from its restaurants, which will be donated to local healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The gift cards, purchased from the restaurants continuing to offer take-out and delivery at Stuyvesant Plaza, will be donated to employees at Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s Hospital.

“As our local doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals do everything they can to help keep our community safe, we want to do our part to take care of them as well. These gift cards are a small gesture of our gratitude for their tireless work during this continued crisis,” said Stuyvesant Plaza President Ed Swyer. “By purchasing these gift cards from our operating restaurants at Stuyvesant Plaza, we are also able to support each with much-needed revenue. As a result, this action accomplishes two goals in supporting the region’s frontline healthcare workers and our small businesses. We encourage others who are able to do so to follow our lead.”

The gift cards donated to Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s Hospital were purchased in equal allotments from the following restaurants at Stuyvesant Plaza: Bare Juice Bar, Blaze Pizza, Bountiful Bread, Bruegger’s, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cold Stone Creamery, Jacob and Anthony’s Italian, Primal Your Local Butcher and TGI Friday’s.

Each is open for take-out and delivery but closed for dine-in per state regulations.

“All of our Albany Med colleagues are moved by the outpouring of support from our community. Our mission of patient care, research and education remains strong as we combat COVID-19 together,” said Albany Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Dennis McKenna. “We are grateful for these gift cards for our staff and the recognition of their important work.”

“We are very grateful to The Swyer Family and to Stuyvesant Plaza for their tireless efforts to support our community. St. Peter’s Hospital has been blessed with the charitable support of the Swyer Family Foundation for many years, and this donation of restaurant gift cards is just another example of their kindness that will touch the lives of our front line staff who are at the bedside caring for our patients throughout this crisis,” said St. Peter’s Health Partners Vice President, Philanthropy, Peter D. Semenza. “The late Lewis A. Swyer, who was the first lay Chairman of the Board of St. Peter’s Hospital, would be most proud.”

Shoppers interested in supporting Stuyvesant Plaza’s retailers and restaurateurs can visit the Plaza’s website for merchandise and gift cards available for purchase online. For more information, visit or contact the individual stores directly by phone or email.

Stuyvesant Plaza’s current published operating hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. Hours for individual shops and restaurants will vary during this time. Please contact each store or restaurant for details. For more information, call 518-482-8986 or visit

Shoppers are encouraged to follow Stuyvesant Plaza on Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter @StuyvesantPlaza.

Stuyvesant Plaza has served as the Capital Region’s premier lifestyle shopping center for more than 60 years.

About Stuyvesant Plaza

Since opening in 1959 with 18 tenants, Stuyvesant Plaza has grown more than threefold to become the Capital Region’s premier outdoor lifestyle shopping center and professional office park. Stuyvesant Plaza, which opened just 12 years after the nation’s first outdoor shopping center in Los Angeles, is currently home to nearly 60 shops and restaurants. For more information, visit


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