FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) – Discount apparel and home goods retailer TJX Cos. is to offer a 15 percent discount to its customers in appreciation for their loyalty as the company struggled to deal with a massive data breach.

Spokeswoman Sherry Lang on Wednesday said the Customer Appreciation Day set for Thursday will offer the discount at about 2,412 stores in the U.S. and Canada for purchases made that day, excluding gift cards and layaways.

The promotion will run at all T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright stores in the U.S., and at Winners and HomeSense stores in Canada.

The event comes two years after a data breach that exposed tens of millions of payment cards belonging to customers of Framingham, Mass.-based TJX.

Eleven people were indicted last year on charges they hacked into the systems of TJX and other major retailers to steal the card numbers.

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