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

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