I've designed my current project prototype using a couple of 74LS279 (quad s-r latch with active low inputs) chips among others. Everything works as it should but now I'm moving to actually build the final product. For power, speed and size considerations I'm moving to surface mount components and the 74HC family instead. Here's where the trouble begins. I'm having trouble locating SMD version of 74HC279 chips. It seems to be a discontinued product in many places for some reason. I know I could probably redesign the same funtionality with j-k flip flops instead but I haven't found a chip that had four of them in one package. I'm trying to avoid increasing the component count as space is very limited already.
So my question is does anyone know where I could find SMD version of 74HC279 in the UK or within reasonable postage charges? Would be equally appreciated if you can suggest a replacement part for it.