GLENDALE Calif. Franchisees of the IHOP and Applebeeâ€™s chains together will form a purchasing cooperative to improve buying leverage now that the two brands are under parent company DineEquity Inc. â€śThe purchasing power of that combined entity is huge,â€ť said Julia Stewart, chairman and chief executive of DineEquity. She discussed the still-in-development purchasing co-op at Nationâ€™s Restaurant News' headquarters in New York on Monday.Aco-op, which pools the resources of independent ...
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